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Release Notes

Version History

This table tracks the meta-package versions and the version of each Qiskit element installed:

Table 16 Version History

Qiskit Metapackage Version

qiskit-terra

qiskit-aer

qiskit-ignis

qiskit-ibmq-provider

qiskit-aqua

Release Date

0.39.3

0.22.3

0.11.1

0.19.2

2022-11-25

0.39.2

0.22.2

0.11.1

0.19.2

2022-11-03

0.39.1

0.22.1

0.11.1

0.19.2

2022-11-02

0.39.0

0.22.0

0.11.0

0.19.2

2022-10-13

0.38.0

0.21.2

0.11.0

0.19.2

2022-09-14

0.37.2

0.21.2

0.10.4

0.19.2

2022-08-23

0.37.1

0.21.1

0.10.4

0.19.2

2022-07-28

0.37.0

0.21.0

0.10.4

0.19.2

2022-06-30

0.36.2

0.20.2

0.10.4

0.7.1

0.19.1

2022-05-18

0.36.1

0.20.1

0.10.4

0.7.0

0.19.1

2022-04-21

0.36.0

0.20.0

0.10.4

0.7.0

0.19.0

2022-04-06

0.35.0

0.20.0

0.10.3

0.7.0

0.18.3

2022-03-31

0.34.2

0.19.2

0.10.3

0.7.0

0.18.3

2022-02-09

0.34.1

0.19.1

0.10.2

0.7.0

0.18.3

2022-01-05

0.34.0

0.19.1

0.10.1

0.7.0

0.18.3

2021-12-20

0.33.1

0.19.1

0.9.1

0.7.0

0.18.2

2021-12-10

0.33.0

0.19.0

0.9.1

0.7.0

0.18.1

2021-12-06

0.32.1

0.18.3

0.9.1

0.6.0

0.18.1

0.9.5

2021-11-22

0.32.0

0.18.3

0.9.1

0.6.0

0.18.0

0.9.5

2021-11-10

0.31.0

0.18.3

0.9.1

0.6.0

0.17.0

0.9.5

2021-10-12

0.30.1

0.18.3

0.9.0

0.6.0

0.16.0

0.9.5

2021-09-29

0.30.0

0.18.2

0.9.0

0.6.0

0.16.0

0.9.5

2021-09-16

0.29.1

0.18.2

0.8.2

0.6.0

0.16.0

0.9.5

2021-09-10

0.29.0

0.18.1

0.8.2

0.6.0

0.16.0

0.9.4

2021-08-02

0.28.0

0.18.0

0.8.2

0.6.0

0.15.0

0.9.4

2021-07-13

0.27.0

0.17.4

0.8.2

0.6.0

0.14.0

0.9.2

2021-06-15

0.26.2

0.17.4

0.8.2

0.6.0

0.13.1

0.9.1

2021-05-19

0.26.1

0.17.4

0.8.2

0.6.0

0.13.1

0.9.1

2021-05-18

0.26.0

0.17.3

0.8.2

0.6.0

0.13.1

0.9.1

2021-05-11

0.25.4

0.17.2

0.8.2

0.6.0

0.12.3

0.9.1

2021-05-05

0.25.3

0.17.1

0.8.2

0.6.0

0.12.3

0.9.1

2021-04-29

0.25.2

0.17.1

0.8.1

0.6.0

0.12.3

0.9.1

2021-04-21

0.25.1

0.17.1

0.8.1

0.6.0

0.12.2

0.9.1

2021-04-15

0.25.0

0.17.0

0.8.0

0.6.0

0.12.2

0.9.0

2021-04-02

0.24.1

0.16.4

0.7.6

0.5.2

0.12.2

0.8.2

2021-03-24

0.24.0

0.16.4

0.7.6

0.5.2

0.12.1

0.8.2

2021-03-04

0.23.6

0.16.4

0.7.5

0.5.2

0.11.1

0.8.2

2021-02-18

0.23.5

0.16.4

0.7.4

0.5.2

0.11.1

0.8.2

2021-02-08

0.23.4

0.16.3

0.7.3

0.5.1

0.11.1

0.8.1

2021-01-28

0.23.3

0.16.2

0.7.3

0.5.1

0.11.1

0.8.1

2021-01-26

0.23.2

0.16.1

0.7.2

0.5.1

0.11.1

0.8.1

2020-12-15

0.23.1

0.16.1

0.7.1

0.5.1

0.11.1

0.8.1

2020-11-12

0.23.0

0.16.0

0.7.0

0.5.0

0.11.0

0.8.0

2020-10-16

0.22.0

0.15.2

0.6.1

0.4.0

0.10.0

0.7.5

2020-10-05

0.21.0

0.15.2

0.6.1

0.4.0

0.9.0

0.7.5

2020-09-16

0.20.1

0.15.2

0.6.1

0.4.0

0.8.0

0.7.5

2020-09-08

0.20.0

0.15.1

0.6.1

0.4.0

0.8.0

0.7.5

2020-08-10

0.19.6

0.14.2

0.5.2

0.3.3

0.7.2

0.7.3

2020-06-25

0.19.5

0.14.2

0.5.2

0.3.2

0.7.2

0.7.3

2020-06-19

0.19.4

0.14.2

0.5.2

0.3.0

0.7.2

0.7.2

2020-06-16

0.19.3

0.14.1

0.5.2

0.3.0

0.7.2

0.7.1

2020-06-02

0.19.2

0.14.1

0.5.1

0.3.0

0.7.1

0.7.1

2020-05-14

0.19.1

0.14.1

0.5.1

0.3.0

0.7.0

0.7.0

2020-05-01

0.19.0

0.14.0

0.5.1

0.3.0

0.7.0

0.7.0

2020-04-30

0.18.3

0.13.0

0.5.1

0.3.0

0.6.1

0.6.6

2020-04-24

0.18.2

0.13.0

0.5.0

0.3.0

0.6.1

0.6.6

2020-04-23

0.18.1

0.13.0

0.5.0

0.3.0

0.6.0

0.6.6

2020-04-20

0.18.0

0.13.0

0.5.0

0.3.0

0.6.0

0.6.5

2020-04-09

0.17.0

0.12.0

0.4.1

0.2.0

0.6.0

0.6.5

2020-04-01

0.16.2

0.12.0

0.4.1

0.2.0

0.5.0

0.6.5

2020-03-20

0.16.1

0.12.0

0.4.1

0.2.0

0.5.0

0.6.4

2020-03-05

0.16.0

0.12.0

0.4.0

0.2.0

0.5.0

0.6.4

2020-02-27

0.15.0

0.12.0

0.4.0

0.2.0

0.4.6

0.6.4

2020-02-06

0.14.1

0.11.1

0.3.4

0.2.0

0.4.5

0.6.2

2020-01-07

0.14.0

0.11.0

0.3.4

0.2.0

0.4.4

0.6.1

2019-12-10

0.13.0

0.10.0

0.3.2

0.2.0

0.3.3

0.6.1

2019-10-17

0.12.2

0.9.1

0.3.0

0.2.0

0.3.3

0.6.0

2019-10-11

0.12.1

0.9.0

0.3.0

0.2.0

0.3.3

0.6.0

2019-09-30

0.12.0

0.9.0

0.3.0

0.2.0

0.3.2

0.6.0

2019-08-22

0.11.2

0.8.2

0.2.3

0.1.1

0.3.2

0.5.5

2019-08-20

0.11.1

0.8.2

0.2.3

0.1.1

0.3.1

0.5.3

2019-07-24

0.11.0

0.8.2

0.2.3

0.1.1

0.3.0

0.5.2

2019-07-15

0.10.5

0.8.2

0.2.1

0.1.1

0.2.2

0.5.2

2019-06-27

0.10.4

0.8.2

0.2.1

0.1.1

0.2.2

0.5.1

2019-06-17

0.10.3

0.8.1

0.2.1

0.1.1

0.2.2

0.5.1

2019-05-29

0.10.2

0.8.0

0.2.1

0.1.1

0.2.2

0.5.1

2019-05-24

0.10.1

0.8.0

0.2.0

0.1.1

0.2.2

0.5.0

2019-05-07

0.10.0

0.8.0

0.2.0

0.1.1

0.2.1

0.5.0

2019-05-06

0.9.0

0.8.0

0.2.0

0.1.1

0.1.1

0.5.0

2019-05-02

0.8.1

0.7.2

0.1.1

0.1.0

2019-05-01

0.8.0

0.7.1

0.1.1

0.1.0

2019-03-05

0.7.3

>=0.7,<0.8

>=0.1,<0.2

2019-02-19

0.7.2

>=0.7,<0.8

>=0.1,<0.2

2019-01-22

0.7.1

>=0.7,<0.8

>=0.1,<0.2

2019-01-17

0.7.0

>=0.7,<0.8

>=0.1,<0.2

2018-12-14

নোট

For the 0.7.0, 0.7.1, and 0.7.2 meta-package releases the Qiskit Versioning policy was not formalized yet.

Notable Changes

Qiskit 0.39.3

Terra 0.22.3

Prelude

Qiskit Terra 0.22.3 is a minor bugfix release, fixing some further bugs in the 0.22 series.

Bug Fixes
  • AdaptVQE now correctly indicates that it supports auxiliary operators.

  • The circuit drawers (QuantumCircuit.draw() and circuit_drawer()) will no longer emit a warning about the cregbundle parameter when using the default arguments, if the content of the circuit requires all bits to be drawn individually. This was most likely to appear when trying to draw circuits with new-style control-flow operations.

  • Fixed a bug causing QNSPSA to fail when max_evals_grouped was set to a value larger than 1.

  • Fixed an issue with the SabreSwap pass which would cause the output of multiple runs of the pass without the seed argument specified to reuse the same random number generator seed between runs instead of using different seeds. This previously caused identical results to be returned between runs even when no seed was specified.

  • Fixed an issue with the primitive classes, BackendSampler and BackendEstimator, where instances were not able to be serialized with pickle. In general these classes are not guaranteed to be serializable as BackendV2 and BackendV1 instances are not required to be serializable (and often are not), but the class definitions of BackendSampler and BackendEstimator no longer prevent the use of pickle.

  • The pulse.Instruction.draw() method will now succeed, as before. This method is deprecated with no replacement planned, but it should still work for the period of deprecation.

Aer 0.11.1

No change

IBM Q Provider 0.19.2

No change

Qiskit 0.39.2

Terra 0.22.2

Prelude

Qiskit Terra 0.22.2 is a minor bugfix release, and marks the first official support for Python 3.11.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a bug in the VF2PostLayout pass when transpiling for backends with a defined Target, where the interaction graph would be built incorrectly. This could result in excessive runtimes due to the graph being far more complex than necessary.

  • The Pulse expression parser should no longer periodically hang when called from Jupyter notebooks. This is achieved by avoiding an internal deepycopy of a recursive object that seemed to be particularly difficult for the memoization to evaluate.

Aer 0.11.1

No change

IBM Q Provider 0.19.2

No change

Qiskit 0.39.1

Terra 0.22.1

Prelude

Qiskit Terra 0.22.1 is a bugfix release, addressing some minor issues identified since the 0.22.0 release.

Deprecation Notes
  • The pauli_list kwarg of pauli_basis() has been deprecated as pauli_basis() now always returns a PauliList. This argument was removed prematurely from Qiskit Terra 0.22.0 which broke compatibility for users that were leveraging the pauli_list``argument. Now, the argument has been restored but will emit a ``DeprecationWarning when used. If used it has no effect because since Qiskit Terra 0.22.0 a PauliList is always returned.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed the BarrierBeforeFinalMeasurements transpiler pass when there are conditions on loose Clbits immediately before the final measurement layer. Previously, this would fail claiming that the bit was not present in an internal temporary circuit. Fixed #8923

  • The equality checkers for QuantumCircuit and DAGCircuit (with objects of the same type) will now correctly handle conditions on single bits. Previously, these would produce false negatives for equality, as the bits would use "exact" equality checks instead of the "semantic" checks the rest of the properties of circuit instructions get.

  • Fixed handling of classical bits in StochasticSwap with control flow. Previously, control-flow operations would be expanded to contain all the classical bits in the outer circuit and not contracted again, leading to a mismatch between the numbers of clbits the instruction reported needing and the actual number supplied to it. Fixed #8903

  • Fixed handling of globally defined instructions for the Target class. Previously, two methods, operations_for_qargs() and operation_names_for_qargs() would ignore/incorrectly handle any globally defined ideal operations present in the target. For example:

    from qiskit.transpiler import Target
    from qiskit.circuit.library import CXGate
    
    target = Target(num_qubits=5)
    target.add_instruction(CXGate())
    names = target.operation_names_for_qargs((1, 2))
    ops = target.operations_for_qargs((1, 2))
    

    will now return {"cx"} for names and [CXGate()] for ops instead of raising a KeyError or an empty return.

  • Fixed an issue in the Target.add_instruction() method where it would previously have accepted an argument with an invalid number of qubits as part of the properties argument. For example:

    from qiskit.transpiler import Target
    from qiskit.circuit.library import CXGate
    
    target = Target()
    target.add_instruction(CXGate(), {(0, 1, 2): None})
    

    This will now correctly raise a TranspilerError instead of causing runtime issues when interacting with the target. Fixed #8914

  • Fixed an issue with the plot_state_hinton() visualization function which would result in a misplaced axis that was offset from the actual plot. Fixed #8446 <https://github.com/Qiskit/qiskit-terra/issues/8446>

  • Fixed the output of the plot_state_hinton() function so that the state labels are ordered ordered correctly, and the image matches up with the natural matrix ordering. Fixed #8324

  • Fixed an issue with the primitive classes, BackendSampler and BackendEstimator when running on backends that have a limited number of circuits in each job. Not all backends support an unlimited batch size (most hardware backends do not) and previously the backend primitive classes would have potentially incorrectly sent more circuits than the backend supported. This has been corrected so that BackendSampler and BackendEstimator will chunk the circuits into multiple jobs if the backend has a limited number of circuits per job.

  • Fixed an issue with the BackendEstimator class where previously setting a run option named monitor to a value that evaluated as True would have incorrectly triggered a job monitor that only worked on backends from the qiskit-ibmq-provider package. This has been removed so that you can use a monitor run option if needed without causing any issues.

  • Fixed an issue with the Target.build_coupling_map() method where it would incorrectly return None for a Target object with a mix of ideal globally available instructions and instructions that have qubit constraints. Now in such cases the Target.build_coupling_map() will return a coupling map for the constrained instruction (unless it's a 2 qubit operation which will return None because globally there is no connectivity constraint). Fixed #8971

  • Fixed an issue with the Target.qargs attribute where it would incorrectly return None for a Target object that contained any globally available ideal instruction.

  • Fixed the premature removal of the pauli_list keyword argument of the pauli_basis() function which broke existing code using the pauli_list=True future compatibility path on upgrade to Qiskit Terra 0.22.0. This keyword argument has been added back to the function and is now deprecated and will be removed in a future release.

  • Fixed an issue in QPY serialization (dump()) when a custom ControlledGate subclass that overloaded the _define() method to provide a custom definition for the operation. Previously, this case of operation was not serialized correctly because it wasn't accounting for using the potentially _define() method to provide a definition. Fixes #8794

  • QPY deserialisation will no longer add extra Clbit instances to the circuit if there are both loose Clbits in the circuit and more Qubits than Clbits.

  • QPY deserialisation will no longer add registers named q and c if the input circuit contained only loose bits.

  • Fixed the SparsePauliOp.dot() method when run on two operators with real coefficients. To fix this, the dtype that SparsePauliOp can take is restricted to np.complex128 and object. Fixed #8992

  • Fixed an issue in the circuit_drawer() function and QuantumCircuit.draw() method where the only built-in style for the mpl output that was usable was default. If another built-in style, such as iqx, were used then a warning about the style not being found would be emitted and the drawer would fall back to use the default style. Fixed #8991

  • Fixed an issue with the transpile() where it would previously fail with a TypeError if a custom Target object was passed in via the target argument and a list of multiple circuits were specified for the circuits argument.

  • Fixed an issue with transpile() when targeting a Target (either directly via the target argument or via a BackendV2 instance from the backend argument) that contained an ideal Measure instruction (one that does not have any properties defined). Previously this would raise an exception trying to parse the target. Fixed #8969

  • Fixed an issue with the VF2Layout pass where it would error when running with a Target that had instructions that were missing error rates. This has been corrected so in such cases the lack of an error rate will be treated as an ideal implementation and if no error rates are present it will just select the first matching layout. Fixed #8970

  • Fixed an issue with the VF2PostLayout pass where it would error when running with a Target that had instructions that were missing. In such cases the lack of an error rate will be treated as an ideal implementation of the operation.

  • Fixed an issue with the VQD class if more than k=2 eigenvalues were computed. Previously this would fail due to an internal type mismatch, but now runs as expected. Fixed #8982

  • Fixed a performance bug where the new primitive-based variational algorithms minimum_eigensolvers.VQE, eigensolvers.VQD and SamplingVQE did not batch energy evaluations per default, which resulted in a significant slowdown if a hardware backend was used.

  • Fixes bug in Statevector.evolve() where subsystem evolution will return the incorrect value in certain cases where there are 2 or more than non-evolved subsystems with different subsystem dimensions. Fixes issue #8899

Aer 0.11.1

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a potential build error when trying to use CMake 3.18 or newer and building qiskit-aer with GPU support enabled. Since CMake 3.18 or later when building with CUDA the CMAKE_CUDA_ARCHITECTURES was required to be set with the architecture value for the target GPU. This has been corrected so that setting AER_CUDA_ARCH will be used if this was not set.

  • Fixes a bug in the handling of instructions with clbits in LocalNoisePass. Previously, it was accidentally erasing clbits of instructions (e.g. measures) to which the noise is applied in the case of method="append".

  • Fixed the performance overhead of the Sampler class when running with identical circuits on multiple executions. This was accomplished by skipping/caching the transpilation of these identical circuits on subsequent executions.

  • Fixed compatibility of the Sampler and Estimator primitive classes with qiskit-terra 0.22.0 release. In qiskit-terra 0.22.0 breaking API changes were made to the abstract interface which broke compatibility with these classes, this has been addressed so that Sampler and Estimator can now be used with qiskit-terra >= 0.22.0.

IBM Q Provider 0.19.2

No change

Qiskit 0.39.0

This release also officially deprecates the Qiskit Aer project as part of the Qiskit metapackage. This means that in a future release pip install qiskit will no longer include qiskit-aer. If you're currently installing or listing qiskit as a dependency to get Aer you should upgrade this to explicitly list qiskit-aer as well.

The qiskit-aer project is still active and maintained moving forward but for the Qiskit metapackage (i.e. what gets installed via pip install qiskit) the project is moving towards a model where the Qiskit package only contains the common core functionality for building and compiling quantum circuits, programs, and applications and packages that build on it or link Qiskit to hardware or simulators are separate packages.

Terra 0.22.0

Prelude

The Qiskit Terra 0.22.0 release is a major feature release that includes a myriad of new feature and bugfixes. The highlights for this release are:

New Features
  • Add support for representing an operation that has a variable width to the Target class. Previously, a Target object needed to have an instance of Operation defined for each operation supported in the target. This was used for both validation of arguments and parameters of the operation. However, for operations that have a variable width this wasn't possible because each instance of an Operation class can only have a fixed number of qubits. For cases where a backend supports variable width operations the instruction can be added with the class of the operation instead of an instance. In such cases the operation will be treated as globally supported on all qubits. For example, if building a target like:

    from qiskit.circuit import Parameter, Measure, IfElseOp, ForLoopOp, WhileLoopOp
    from qiskit.circuit.library import IGate, RZGate, SXGate, XGate, CXGate
    from qiskit.transpiler import Target, InstructionProperties
    
    theta = Parameter("theta")
    
    ibm_target = Target()
    i_props = {
        (0,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.000413),
        (1,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.000502),
        (2,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.0004003),
        (3,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.000614),
        (4,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.006149),
    }
    ibm_target.add_instruction(IGate(), i_props)
    rz_props = {
        (0,): InstructionProperties(duration=0, error=0),
        (1,): InstructionProperties(duration=0, error=0),
        (2,): InstructionProperties(duration=0, error=0),
        (3,): InstructionProperties(duration=0, error=0),
        (4,): InstructionProperties(duration=0, error=0),
    }
    ibm_target.add_instruction(RZGate(theta), rz_props)
    sx_props = {
        (0,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.000413),
        (1,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.000502),
        (2,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.0004003),
        (3,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.000614),
        (4,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.006149),
    }
    ibm_target.add_instruction(SXGate(), sx_props)
    x_props = {
        (0,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.000413),
        (1,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.000502),
        (2,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.0004003),
        (3,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.000614),
        (4,): InstructionProperties(duration=35.5e-9, error=0.006149),
    }
    ibm_target.add_instruction(XGate(), x_props)
    cx_props = {
        (3, 4): InstructionProperties(duration=270.22e-9, error=0.00713),
        (4, 3): InstructionProperties(duration=305.77e-9, error=0.00713),
        (3, 1): InstructionProperties(duration=462.22e-9, error=0.00929),
        (1, 3): InstructionProperties(duration=497.77e-9, error=0.00929),
        (1, 2): InstructionProperties(duration=227.55e-9, error=0.00659),
        (2, 1): InstructionProperties(duration=263.11e-9, error=0.00659),
        (0, 1): InstructionProperties(duration=519.11e-9, error=0.01201),
        (1, 0): InstructionProperties(duration=554.66e-9, error=0.01201),
    }
    ibm_target.add_instruction(CXGate(), cx_props)
    measure_props = {
        (0,): InstructionProperties(duration=5.813e-6, error=0.0751),
        (1,): InstructionProperties(duration=5.813e-6, error=0.0225),
        (2,): InstructionProperties(duration=5.813e-6, error=0.0146),
        (3,): InstructionProperties(duration=5.813e-6, error=0.0215),
        (4,): InstructionProperties(duration=5.813e-6, error=0.0333),
    }
    ibm_target.add_instruction(Measure(), measure_props)
    ibm_target.add_instruction(IfElseOp, name="if_else")
    ibm_target.add_instruction(ForLoopOp, name="for_loop")
    ibm_target.add_instruction(WhileLoopOp, name="while_loop")
    

    The IfElseOp, ForLoopOp, and WhileLoopOp operations are globally supported for any number of qubits. This is then reflected by other calls in the Target API such as instruction_supported():

    ibm_target.instruction_supported(operation_class=WhileLoopOp, qargs=(0, 2, 3, 4))
    ibm_target.instruction_supported('if_else', qargs=(0, 1))
    

    both return True.

  • Added new primitive implementations, BackendSampler and BackendEstimator, to qiskit.primitives. Thes new primitive class implementation wrap a BackendV1 or BackendV2 instance as a BaseSampler or BaseEstimator respectively. The intended use case for these primitive implementations is to bridge the gap between providers that do not have native primitive implementations and use that provider's backend with APIs that work with primitives. For example, the SamplingVQE class takes a BaseSampler instance to function. If you'd like to run that class with a backend from a provider without a native primitive implementation you can construct a BackendSampler to do this:

    from qiskit.algorithms.minimum_eigensolvers import SamplingVQE
    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import SLSQP
    from qiskit.circuit.library import TwoLocal
    from qiskit.primitives import BackendSampler
    from qiskit.providers.fake_provider import FakeHanoi
    from qiskit.opflow import PauliSumOp
    from qiskit.quantum_info import SparsePauliOp
    
    backend = FakeHanoi()
    sampler = BackendSampler(backend=backend)
    
    operator = PauliSumOp(SparsePauliOp(["ZZ", "IZ", "II"], coeffs=[1, -0.5, 0.12]))
    ansatz = TwoLocal(rotation_blocks=["ry", "rz"], entanglement_blocks="cz")
    optimizer = SLSQP()
    sampling_vqe = SamplingVQE(sampler, ansatz, optimizer)
    result = sampling_vqe.compute_minimum_eigenvalue(operator)
    eigenvalue = result.eigenvalue
    

    If you're using a provider that has native primitive implementations (such as qiskit-ibm-runtime or qiskit-aer) it is always a better choice to use that native primitive implementation instead of BackendEstimator or BackendSampler as the native implementations will be much more efficient and/or do additional pre and post processing. BackendEstimator and BackendSampler are designed to be generic that can work with any backend that returns Counts in their Results which precludes additional optimization.

  • Added a new algorithm class, AdaptVQE to qiskit.algorithms This algorithm uses a qiskit.algorithms.minimum_eigensolvers.VQE in combination with a pool of operators from which to build out an qiskit.circuit.library.EvolvedOperatorAnsatz adaptively. For example:

    from qiskit.algorithms.minimum_eigensolvers import AdaptVQE, VQE
    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import SLSQP
    from qiskit.primitives import Estimator
    from qiskit.circuit.library import EvolvedOperatorAnsatz
    
    # get your Hamiltonian
    hamiltonian = ...
    
    # construct your ansatz
    ansatz = EvolvedOperatorAnsatz(...)
    
    vqe = VQE(Estimator(), ansatz, SLSQP())
    
    adapt_vqe = AdaptVQE(vqe)
    
    result = adapt_vqe.compute_minimum_eigenvalue(hamiltonian)
    
  • The BackendV2 class now has support for two new optional hook points enabling backends to inject custom compilation steps as part of transpile() and generate_preset_pass_manager(). If a BackendV2 implementation includes the methods get_scheduling_stage_plugin() or get_translation_stage_plugin() the transpiler will use the returned string as the default value for the scheduling_method and translation_method arguments. This enables backends to run additional custom transpiler passes when targetting that backend by leveraging the transpiler stage plugin interface. For more details on how to use this see: Custom Transpiler Passes.

  • Added a new keyword argument, ignore_backend_supplied_default_methods, to the transpile() function which can be used to disable a backend's custom selection of a default method if the target backend has get_scheduling_stage_plugin() or get_translation_stage_plugin() defined.

  • Added a label parameter to the Barrier class's constructor and the barrier() method which allows a user to assign a label to an instance of the Barrier directive. For visualizations generated with circuit_drawer() or QuantumCircuit.draw() this label will be printed at the top of the barrier.

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(2)
    circuit.h(0)
    circuit.h(1)
    circuit.barrier(label="After H")
    circuit.draw('mpl')
    
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  • Added qiskit.algorithms.eigensolvers package to include interfaces for primitive-enabled algorithms. This new module will eventually replace the previous qiskit.algorithms.eigen_solvers. This new module contains an alternative implementation of the VQD which instead of taking a backend or QuantumInstance instead takes an instance of BaseEstimator, including Estimator, BackendEstimator, or any provider implementations such as those as those present in qiskit-ibm-runtime and qiskit-aer.

    For example, to use the new implementation with an instance of Estimator class:

    from qiskit.algorithms.eigensolvers import VQD
    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import SLSQP
    from qiskit.circuit.library import TwoLocal
    from qiskit.primitives import Sampler, Estimator
    from qiskit.algorithms.state_fidelities import ComputeUncompute
    from qiskit.opflow import PauliSumOp
    from qiskit.quantum_info import SparsePauliOp
    
    h2_op = PauliSumOp(SparsePauliOp(
        ["II", "IZ", "ZI", "ZZ", "XX"],
        coeffs=[
            -1.052373245772859,
            0.39793742484318045,
            -0.39793742484318045,
            -0.01128010425623538,
            0.18093119978423156,
        ],
    ))
    
    estimator = Estimator()
    ansatz = TwoLocal(rotation_blocks=["ry", "rz"], entanglement_blocks="cz")
    optimizer = SLSQP()
    fidelity = ComputeUncompute(Sampler())
    
    vqd = VQD(estimator, fidelity, ansatz, optimizer, k=2)
    result = vqd.compute_eigenvalues(h2_op)
    eigenvalues = result.eigenvalues
    

    Note that the evaluated auxillary operators are now obtained via the aux_operators_evaluated field on the results. This will consist of a list or dict of tuples containing the expectation values for these operators, as we well as the metadata from primitive run. aux_operator_eigenvalues is no longer a valid field.

  • Added new algorithms to calculate state fidelities/overlaps for pairs of quantum circuits (that can be parametrized). Apart from the base class (BaseStateFidelity) which defines the interface, there is an implementation of the compute-uncompute method that leverages instances of the BaseSampler primitive: qiskit.algorithms.state_fidelities.ComputeUncompute.

    For example:

    import numpy as np
    from qiskit.primitives import Sampler
    from qiskit.algorithms.state_fidelities import ComputeUncompute
    from qiskit.circuit.library import RealAmplitudes
    
    sampler = Sampler(...)
    fidelity = ComputeUncompute(sampler)
    circuit = RealAmplitudes(2)
    values = np.random.random(circuit.num_parameters)
    shift = np.ones_like(values) * 0.01
    
    job = fidelity.run([circuit], [circuit], [values], [values+shift])
    fidelities = job.result().fidelities
    
  • The Grover class has a new keyword argument, sampler which is used to run the algorithm using an instance of the BaseSampler interface to calculate the results. This new argument supersedes the the quantum_instance argument and accordingly, quantum_instance is pending deprecation and will be deprecated and subsequently removed in future releases.

    Example:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.primitives import Sampler
    from qiskit.algorithms import Grover, AmplificationProblem
    
    sampler = Sampler()
    oracle = QuantumCircuit(2)
    oracle.cz(0, 1)
    problem = AmplificationProblem(oracle, is_good_state=["11"])
    grover = Grover(sampler=sampler)
    result = grover.amplify(problem)
    
  • A new option, "formatter.control.fill_waveform" has been added to the pulse drawer (pulse_v2.draw() and Schedule.draw()) style sheets. This option can be used to remove the face color of pulses in the output visualization which allows for drawing pulses only with lines.

    For example:

    from qiskit.visualization.pulse_v2 import IQXStandard
    
    my_style = IQXStandard(
        **{"formatter.control.fill_waveform": False, "formatter.line_width.fill_waveform": 2}
    )
    
    my_sched.draw(style=my_style)
    
  • Added a new transpiler pass, ResetAfterMeasureSimplification, which is used to replace a Reset operation after a Measure with a conditional XGate. This pass can be used on backends where a Reset operation is performed by doing a measurement and then a conditional X gate so that this will remove the duplicate implicit Measure from the Reset operation. For example:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import ResetAfterMeasureSimplification
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit(1)
    qc.measure_all()
    qc.reset(0)
    qc.draw('mpl')
    
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    result = ResetAfterMeasureSimplification()(qc)
    result.draw('mpl')
    
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  • Added a new supported value, "reverse_linear" for the entanglement keyword argument to the constructor for the NLocal circuit class. For TwoLocal circuits (which are subclassess of NLocal), if entanglement_blocks="cx" then using entanglement="reverse_linear" provides an equivalent n-qubit circuit as entanglement="full" but with only \(n-1\) CXGate gates, instead of \(\frac{n(n-1)}{2}\).

  • ScheduleBlock has been updated so that it can manage unassigned subroutine, in other words, to allow lazy calling of other programs. For example, this enables the following workflow:

    from qiskit import pulse
    
    with pulse.build() as prog:
      pulse.reference("x", "q0")
    
    with pulse.build() as xq0:
      pulse.play(Gaussian(160, 0.1, 40), pulse.DriveChannel(0))
    
    prog.assign_references({("x", "q0"): xq0})
    

    Now a user can create prog without knowing actual implementation of the reference ("x", "q0"), and assign it at a later time for execution. This improves modularity of pulse programs, and thus one can easily write a template pulse program relying on other calibrations.

    To realize this feature, the new pulse instruction (compiler directive) Reference has been added. This instruction is injected into the current builder scope when the reference() command is used. All references defined in the current pulse program can be listed with the references property.

    In addition, every reference is managed with a scope to ease parameter management. scoped_parameters() and search_parameters() have been added to ScheduleBlock. See API documentation for more details.

  • Added a new method SparsePauliOp.argsort(), which returns the composition of permutations in the order of sorting by coefficient and sorting by Pauli. By using the weight keyword argument for the method the output can additionally be sorted by the number of non-identity terms in the Pauli, where the set of all Paulis of a given weight are still ordered lexicographically.

  • Added a new method SparsePauliOp.sort(), which will first sort the coefficients using numpy's argsort() and then sort by Pauli, where the Pauli sort takes precedence. If the Pauli sort is the same, it will then be sorted by coefficient. By using the weight keyword argument the output can additionally be sorted by the number of non-identity terms in the Pauli, where the set of all Paulis of a given weight are still ordered lexicographically.

  • Added a new keyword argument, wire_order, to the circuit_drawer() function and QuantumCircuit.draw() method which allows arbitrarily reordering both the quantum and classical bits in the output visualization. For example:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit, QuantumRegister, ClassicalRegister
    
    qr = QuantumRegister(4, "q")
    cr = ClassicalRegister(4, "c")
    cr2 = ClassicalRegister(2, "ca")
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(qr, cr, cr2)
    circuit.h(0)
    circuit.h(3)
    circuit.x(1)
    circuit.x(3).c_if(cr, 10)
    circuit.draw('mpl', cregbundle=False, wire_order=[2, 1, 3, 0, 6, 8, 9, 5, 4, 7])
    
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  • Added support for the CSGate, CSdgGate and CCZGate classes to the constructor for the operator class CNOTDihedral. The input circuits when creating a CNOTDihedral operator will now support circuits using these gates. For example:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.quantum_info import CNOTDihedral
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit(2)
    qc.t(0)
    qc.cs(0, 1)
    qc.tdg(0)
    operator = CNOTDihedral(qc)
    
  • qiskit.quantum_info.BaseOperator subclasses (such as ScalarOp, SparsePauliOp and PauliList) can now be used with the built-in Python sum() function.

  • A new transpiler pass, ConvertConditionsToIfOps was added, which can be used to convert old-style Instruction.c_if()-conditioned instructions into IfElseOp objects. This is to help ease the transition from the old type to the new type for backends. For most users, there is no need to add this to your pass managers, and it is not included in any preset pass managers.

  • Refactored gate commutativity analysis into a class CommutationChecker. This class allows you to check (based on matrix multiplication) whether two gates commute or do not commute, and to cache the results (so that a similar check in the future will no longer require matrix multiplication).

    For example we can now do:

    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumRegister, CommutationChecker
    
    comm_checker = CommutationChecker()
    qr = QuantumRegister(4)
    
    res = comm_checker.commute(CXGate(), [qr[1], qr[0]], [], CXGate(), [qr[1], qr[2]], [])
    

    As the two CX gates commute (the first CX gate is over qubits qr[1] and qr[0], and the second CX gate is over qubits qr[1] and qr[2]), we will have that res is True.

    This commutativity checking is over-conservative for conditional and parameterized gates, and may return False even when such gates commute.

  • Added a new transpiler pass CommutativeInverseCancellation that cancels pairs of inverse gates exploiting commutation relations between gates. This pass is a generalization of the transpiler pass InverseCancellation as it detects a larger set of inverse gates, and as it takes commutativity into account. The pass also avoids some problems associated with the transpiler pass CommutativeCancellation.

    For example:

    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.transpiler import PassManager
    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import CommutativeInverseCancellation
    
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(2)
    circuit.z(0)
    circuit.x(1)
    circuit.cx(0, 1)
    circuit.z(0)
    circuit.x(1)
    
    passmanager = PassManager(CommutativeInverseCancellation())
    new_circuit = passmanager.run(circuit)
    

    cancels the pair of self-inverse Z-gates, and the pair of self-inverse X-gates (as the relevant gates commute with the CX-gate), producing a circuit consisting of a single CX-gate.

    The inverse checking is over-conservative for conditional and parameterized gates, and may not cancel some of such gates.

  • QuantumCircuit.compose() will now accept an operand with classical bits if the base circuit has none itself. The pattern of composing a circuit with measurements onto a quantum-only circuit is now valid. For example:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    
    base = QuantumCircuit(3)
    terminus = QuantumCircuit(3, 3)
    terminus.measure_all()
    
    # This will now succeed, though it was previously a CircuitError.
    base.compose(terminus)
    
  • The DAGCircuit methods depth() and size() have a new recurse keyword argument for use with circuits that contain control-flow operations (such as IfElseOp, WhileLoopOp, and ForLoopOp). By default this is False and will raise an error if control-flow operations are present, to avoid poorly defined results. If set to True, a proxy value that attempts to fairly weigh each control-flow block relative to its condition is returned, even though the depth or size of a concrete run is generally unknowable. See each method's documentation for how each control-flow operation affects the output.

  • DAGCircuit.count_ops() gained a recurse keyword argument for recursing into control-flow blocks. By default this is True, and all operations in all blocks will be returned, as well as the control-flow operations themselves.

  • Added an argument create_preds_and_succs to the functions circuit_to_dagdependency() and dag_to_dagdependency() that convert from QuantumCircuit and DAGCircuit, respectively, to DAGDependency. When the value of create_preds_and_succs is False, the transitive predecessors and successors for nodes in DAGDependency are not constructed, making the conversions faster and significantly less memory-intensive. The direct predecessors and successors for nodes in DAGDependency are constructed as usual.

    For example:

    from qiskit.converters import circuit_to_dagdependency
    from qiskit import QuantumRegister, ClassicalRegister, QuantumCircuit
    
    circuit_in = QuantumCircuit(2)
    circuit_in.h(qr[0])
    circuit_in.h(qr[1])
    
    dag_dependency = circuit_to_dagdependency(circuit_in, create_preds_and_succs=False)
    
  • The Commuting2qGateRouter constructor now has a new keyword argument, edge_coloring. This argument is used to provide an edge coloring of the coupling map to determine the order in which the commuting gates are applied.

  • The Z2Symmetries class has two new methods, convert_clifford() and taper_clifford(). These two methods are the two operations necessary for taperng an operator based on the Z2 symmetries in the object and were previously performed internally via the taper() method. However, these methods are now public methods of the class which can be called individually if needed.

  • The runtime performance for conjugation of a long PauliList object by a Clifford using the PauliList.evolve() has significantly improved. It will now run significantly faster than before.

  • The SabreSwap transpiler pass has a new keyword argument on its constructor, trials. The trials argument is used to specify the number of random seed trials to attempt. The output from the SABRE algorithm can differ greatly based on the seed used for the random number. SabreSwap will now run the algorithm with trials number of random seeds and pick the best (with the fewest swaps inserted). If trials is not specified the pass will default to use the number of physical CPUs on the local system.

  • The SabreLayout transpiler pass has a new keyword argument on its constructor, swap_trials. The swap_trials argument is used to specify how many random seed trials to run on the SabreSwap pass internally. It corresponds to the trials arugment on the SabreSwap pass. When set, each iteration of SabreSwap will be run internally swap_trials times. If swap_trials is not specified the will default to use the number of physical CPUs on the local system.

  • Added a new function, estimate_observables() which uses an implementation of the BaseEstimator interface (e.g. Estimator, BackendEstimator, or any provider implementations such as those as those present in qiskit-ibm-runtime and qiskit-aer) to calculate the expectation values, their means and standard deviations from a list or dictionary of observables. This serves a similar purpose to the pre-existing function eval_observables() which performed the calculation using a QuantumInstance object and has been superseded (and will be deprecated and subsequently removed in future releases) by this new function.

  • Added a new Operation base class which provides a lightweight abstract interface for objects that can be put on QuantumCircuit. This allows to store "higher-level" objects directly on a circuit (for instance, Clifford objects), to directly combine such objects (for instance, to compose several consecutive Clifford objects over the same qubits), and to synthesize such objects at run time (for instance, to synthesize Clifford in a way that optimizes depth and/or exploits device connectivity). Previously, only subclasses of qiskit.circuit.Instruction could be put on QuantumCircuit, but this interface has become unwieldy and includes too many methods and attributes for general-purpose objects.

    The new Operation interface includes name, num_qubits and num_clbits (in the future this may be slightly adjusted), but importantly does not include definition (and thus does not tie synthesis to the object), does not include condition (this should be part of separate classical control flow), and does not include duration and unit (as these are properties of the output of the transpiler).

    As of now, Operation includes Gate, Reset, Barrier, Measure, and "higher-level" objects such as Clifford. This list of "higher-level" objects will grow in the future.

  • A Clifford is now added to a quantum circuit as an Operation, without first synthesizing a subcircuit implementing this Clifford. The actual synthesis is postponed to a later HighLevelSynthesis transpilation pass.

    For example, the following code:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.quantum_info import random_clifford
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit(3)
    cliff = random_clifford(2)
    qc.append(cliff, [0, 1])
    

    no longer converts cliff to qiskit.circuit.Instruction, which includes synthesizing the clifford into a circuit, when it is appended to qc.

  • Added a new transpiler pass OptimizeCliffords that collects blocks of consecutive Clifford objects in a circuit, and replaces each block with a single Clifford.

    For example, the following code:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.quantum_info import random_clifford
    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import OptimizeCliffords
    from qiskit.transpiler import PassManager
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit(3)
    cliff1 = random_clifford(2)
    cliff2 = random_clifford(2)
    qc.append(cliff1, [2, 1])
    qc.append(cliff2, [2, 1])
    qc_optimized = PassManager(OptimizeCliffords()).run(qc)
    

    first stores the two Cliffords cliff1 and cliff2 on qc as "higher-level" objects, and then the transpiler pass OptimizeCliffords optimizes the circuit by composing these two Cliffords into a single Clifford. Note that the resulting Clifford is still stored on qc as a higher-level object. This pass is not yet included in any of preset pass managers.

  • Added a new transpiler pass HighLevelSynthesis that synthesizes higher-level objects (for instance, Clifford objects).

    For example, the following code:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.quantum_info import random_clifford
    from qiskit.transpiler import PassManager
    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import HighLevelSynthesis
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit(3)
    qc.h(0)
    cliff = random_clifford(2)
    qc.append(cliff, [0, 1])
    
    qc_synthesized = PassManager(HighLevelSynthesis()).run(qc)
    

    will synthesize the higher-level Clifford stored in qc using the default decompose_clifford() function.

    This new transpiler pass HighLevelSynthesis is integrated into the preset pass managers, running right after UnitarySynthesis pass. Thus, transpile() will synthesize all higher-level Cliffords present in the circuit.

    It is important to note that the work done to store Clifford objects as "higher-level" objects and to transpile these objects using HighLevelSynthesis pass should be completely transparent, and no code changes are required.

  • SparsePauliOps can now be constructed with coefficient arrays that are general Python objects. This is intended for use with ParameterExpression objects; other objects may work, but do not have first-class support. Some SparsePauliOp methods (such as conversion to other class representations) may not work when using object arrays, if the desired target cannot represent these general arrays.

    For example, a ParameterExpression SparsePauliOp could be constructed by:

    import numpy as np
    from qiskit.circuit import Parameter
    from qiskit.quantum_info import SparsePauliOp
    
    print(SparsePauliOp(["II", "XZ"], np.array([Parameter("a"), Parameter("b")])))
    

    which gives

    SparsePauliOp(['II', 'XZ'],
          coeffs=[ParameterExpression(1.0*a), ParameterExpression(1.0*b)])
    
  • Added a new function plot_distribution() for plotting distributions over quasi-probabilities. This is suitable for Counts, QuasiDistribution and ProbDistribution. Raw dict can be passed as well. For example:

    from qiskit.visualization import plot_distribution
    
    quasi_dist = {'0': .98, '1': -.01}
    plot_distribution(quasi_dist)
    
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  • Introduced a new high level synthesis plugin interface which is used to enable using alternative synthesis techniques included in external packages seamlessly with the HighLevelSynthesis transpiler pass. These alternative synthesis techniques can be specified for any "higher-level" objects of type Operation, as for example for Clifford and LinearFunction objects. This plugin interface is similar to the one for unitary synthesis. In the latter case, the details on writing a new plugin appear in the qiskit.transpiler.passes.synthesis.plugin module documentation.

  • Introduced a new class HLSConfig which can be used to specify alternative synthesis algorithms for "higher-level" objects of type Operation. For each higher-level object of interest, an object HLSConfig specifies a list of synthesis methods and their arguments. This object can be passed to HighLevelSynthesis transpiler pass or specified as a parameter hls_config in transpile().

    As an example, let us assume that op_a and op_b are names of two higher-level objects, that op_a-objects have two synthesis methods default which does require any additional parameters and other with two optional integer parameters option_1 and option_2, that op_b-objects have a single synthesis method default, and qc is a quantum circuit containing op_a and op_b objects. The following code snippet:

    hls_config = HLSConfig(op_b=[("other", {"option_1": 7, "option_2": 4})])
    pm = PassManager([HighLevelSynthesis(hls_config=hls_config)])
    transpiled_qc = pm.run(qc)
    

    shows how to run the alternative synthesis method other for op_b-objects, while using the default methods for all other high-level objects, including op_a-objects.

  • Added new methods for executing primitives: BaseSampler.run() and BaseEstimator.run(). These methods execute asynchronously and return JobV1 objects which provide a handle to the exections. These new run methods can be passed QuantumCircuit objects (and observables for BaseEstimator) that are not registered in the constructor. For example:

    estimator = Estimator()
    result = estimator.run(circuits, observables, parameter_values).result()
    

    This provides an alternative to the previous execution model (which is now deprecated) for the BaseSampler and BaseEstimator primitives which would take all the inputs via the constructor and calling the primitive object with the combination of those input parameters to use in the execution.

  • Added shots option for reference implementations of primitives. Random numbers can be fixed by giving seed_primitive. For example:

    from qiskit.primitives import Sampler
    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    
    bell = QuantumCircuit(2)
    bell.h(0)
    bell.cx(0, 1)
    bell.measure_all()
    
    with Sampler(circuits=[bell]) as sampler:
        result = sampler(circuits=[0], shots=1024, seed_primitive=15)
        print([q.binary_probabilities() for q in result.quasi_dists])
    
  • The constructors for the BaseSampler and BaseEstimator primitive classes have a new optional keyword argument, options which is used to set the default values for the options exposed via the options attribute.

  • Added the PVQD class to the time evolution framework in qiskit.algorithms. This class implements the projected Variational Quantum Dynamics (p-VQD) algorithm Barison et al..

    In each timestep this algorithm computes the next state with a Trotter formula and projects it onto a variational form. The projection is determined by maximizing the fidelity of the Trotter-evolved state and the ansatz, using a classical optimization routine.

    import numpy as np
    
    from qiskit.algorithms.state_fidelities import ComputeUncompute
    from qiskit.algorithms.evolvers import EvolutionProblem
    from qiskit.algorithms.time_evolvers.pvqd import PVQD
    from qiskit.primitives import Estimator, Sampler
    from qiskit import BasicAer
    from qiskit.circuit.library import EfficientSU2
    from qiskit.quantum_info import Pauli, SparsePauliOp
    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import L_BFGS_B
    
    sampler = Sampler()
    fidelity = ComputeUncompute(sampler)
    estimator = Estimator()
    hamiltonian = 0.1 * SparsePauliOp([Pauli("ZZ"), Pauli("IX"), Pauli("XI")])
    observable = Pauli("ZZ")
    ansatz = EfficientSU2(2, reps=1)
    initial_parameters = np.zeros(ansatz.num_parameters)
    
    time = 1
    optimizer = L_BFGS_B()
    
    # setup the algorithm
    pvqd = PVQD(
        fidelity,
        ansatz,
        initial_parameters,
        estimator,
        num_timesteps=100,
        optimizer=optimizer,
    )
    
    # specify the evolution problem
    problem = EvolutionProblem(
        hamiltonian, time, aux_operators=[hamiltonian, observable]
    )
    
    # and evolve!
    result = pvqd.evolve(problem)
    
  • The QNSPSA.get_fidelity() static method now supports an optional sampler argument which is used to provide an implementation of the BaseSampler interface (such as Sampler, BackendSampler, or any provider implementations such as those present in qiskit-ibm-runtime and qiskit-aer) to compute the fidelity of a QuantumCircuit. For example:

    from qiskit.primitives import Sampler
    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import QNSPSA
    
    fidelity = QNSPSA.get_fidelity(my_circuit, Sampler())
    
  • Added a new keyword argument sampler to the constructors of the phase estimation classes:

    This argument is used to provide an implementation of the BaseSampler interface such as Sampler, BackendSampler, or any provider implementations such as those as those present in qiskit-ibm-runtime and qiskit-aer.

    For example:

    from qiskit.primitives import Sampler
    from qiskit.algorithms.phase_estimators import HamiltonianPhaseEstimation
    from qiskit.synthesis import MatrixExponential
    from qiskit.quantum_info import SparsePauliOp
    from qiskit.opflow import PauliSumOp
    
    
    sampler = Sampler()
    num_evaluation_qubits = 6
    phase_est = HamiltonianPhaseEstimation(
        num_evaluation_qubits=num_evaluation_qubits, sampler=sampler
    )
    
    hamiltonian = PauliSumOp(SparsePauliOp.from_list([("X", 0.5), ("Y", 0.6), ("I", 0.7)]))
    result = phase_est.estimate(
        hamiltonian=hamiltonian,
        state_preparation=None,
        evolution=MatrixExponential(),
        bound=1.05,
    )
    
  • The SabreSwap transpiler pass has significantly improved runtime performance due to a rewrite of the algorithm in Rust.

  • Symbolic pulse subclasses Gaussian, GaussianSquare, Drag and Constant have been upgraded to instantiate SymbolicPulse rather than the subclass itself. All parametric pulse objects in pulse programs must be symbolic pulse instances, because subclassing is no longer neccesary. Note that SymbolicPulse can uniquely identify a particular envelope with the symbolic expression object defined in SymbolicPulse.envelope.

  • A SamplingVQE class is introduced, which is optimized for diagonal hamiltonians and leverages a sampler primitive. A QAOA class is also added that subclasses SamplingVQE.

    To use the new SamplingVQE with a reference primitive, one can do, for example:

    from qiskit.algorithms.minimum_eigensolvers import SamplingVQE
    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import SLSQP
    from qiskit.circuit.library import TwoLocal
    from qiskit.primitives import Sampler
    from qiskit.opflow import PauliSumOp
    from qiskit.quantum_info import SparsePauliOp
    
    operator = PauliSumOp(SparsePauliOp(["ZZ", "IZ", "II"], coeffs=[1, -0.5, 0.12]))
    
    sampler = Sampler()
    ansatz = TwoLocal(rotation_blocks=["ry", "rz"], entanglement_blocks="cz")
    optimizer = SLSQP()
    
    sampling_vqe = SamplingVQE(sampler, ansatz, optimizer)
    result = sampling_vqe.compute_minimum_eigenvalue(operator)
    eigenvalue = result.eigenvalue
    

    Note that the evaluated auxillary operators are now obtained via the aux_operators_evaluated field on the results. This will consist of a list or dict of tuples containing the expectation values for these operators, as we well as the metadata from primitive run. aux_operator_eigenvalues is no longer a valid field.

  • Added a new atol keyword argument to the SparsePauliOp.equiv() method to adjust to tolerance of the equivalence check,

  • The transpile() has two new keyword arguments, init_method and optimization_method which are used to specify alternative plugins to use for the init stage and optimization stages respectively.

  • The PassManagerConfig class has 2 new attributes, init_method and optimization_method along with matching keyword arguments on the constructor methods. These represent the user specified init and optimization plugins to use for compilation.

  • The SteppableOptimizer class is added. It allows one to perfore classical optimizations step-by-step using the step() method. These optimizers implement the "ask and tell" interface which (optionally) allows to manually compute the required function or gradient evaluations and plug them back into the optimizer. For more information about this interface see: ask and tell interface. A very simple use case when the user might want to do the optimization step by step is for readout:

    import random
    import numpy as np
    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import GradientDescent
    
    def objective(x):
          return (np.linalg.norm(x) - 1) ** 2
    
    def grad(x):
          return 2 * (np.linalg.norm(x) - 1) * x / np.linalg.norm(x)
    
    
    initial_point = np.random.normal(0, 1, size=(100,))
    
    optimizer = GradientDescent(maxiter=20)
    optimizer.start(x0=initial_point, fun=objective, jac=grad)
    
    for _ in range(maxiter):
        state = optimizer.state
        # Here you can manually read out anything from the optimizer state.
        optimizer.step()
    
    result = optimizer.create_result()
    

    A more complex case would be error handling. Imagine that the function you are evaluating has a random chance of failing. In this case you can catch the error and run the function again until it yields the desired result before continuing the optimization process. In this case one would use the ask and tell interface.

    import random
    import numpy as np
    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import GradientDescent
    
    def objective(x):
        if random.choice([True, False]):
            return None
        else:
            return (np.linalg.norm(x) - 1) ** 2
    
    def grad(x):
        if random.choice([True, False]):
            return None
        else:
            return 2 * (np.linalg.norm(x) - 1) * x / np.linalg.norm(x)
    
    
    initial_point = np.random.normal(0, 1, size=(100,))
    
    optimizer = GradientDescent(maxiter=20)
    optimizer.start(x0=initial_point, fun=objective, jac=grad)
    
    while optimizer.continue_condition():
        ask_data = optimizer.ask()
        evaluated_gradient = None
    
        while evaluated_gradient is None:
            evaluated_gradient = grad(ask_data.x_center)
            optimizer.state.njev += 1
    
        optmizer.state.nit += 1
    
        cf  = TellData(eval_jac=evaluated_gradient)
        optimizer.tell(ask_data=ask_data, tell_data=tell_data)
    
    result = optimizer.create_result()
    

    Transitioned GradientDescent to be a subclass of SteppableOptimizer.

  • The subset_fitter method is added to the TensoredMeasFitter class. The implementation is restricted to mitigation patterns in which each qubit is mitigated individually, e.g. [[0], [1], [2]]. This is, however, the most widely used case. It allows the TensoredMeasFitter to be used in cases where the numberical order of the physical qubits does not match the index of the classical bit.

  • Control-flow operations are now supported through the transpiler at optimization levels 0 and 1 (e.g. calling transpile() or generate_preset_pass_manager() with keyword argument optimization_level=1). One can now construct a circuit such as

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit(2, 1)
    qc.h(0)
    qc.measure(0, 0)
    with qc.if_test((0, True)) as else_:
      qc.x(1)
    with else_:
      qc.y(1)
    

    and successfully transpile this, such as by:

    from qiskit import transpile
    from qiskit_aer import AerSimulator
    
    backend = AerSimulator(method="statevector")
    transpiled = transpile(qc, backend)
    

    The available values for the keyword argument layout_method are "trivial" and "dense". For routing_method, "stochastic" and "none" are available. Translation (translation_method) can be done using "translator" or "unroller". Optimization levels 2 and 3 are not yet supported with control flow, nor is circuit scheduling (i.e. providing a value to scheduling_method), though we intend to expand support for these, and the other layout, routing and translation methods in subsequent releases of Qiskit Terra.

    In order for transpilation with control-flow operations to succeed with a backend, the backend must have the requisite control-flow operations in its stated basis. Qiskit Aer, for example, does this. If you simply want to try out such transpilations, consider overriding the basis_gates argument to transpile().

  • DAGCircuit.substitute_node_with_dag() now takes propagate_condition as a keyword argument. This defaults to True, which was the previous behavior, and copies any condition on the node to be replaced onto every operation node in the replacement. If set to False, the condition will not be copied, which allows replacement of a conditional node with a sub-DAG that already faithfully implements the condition.

  • DAGCircuit.substitute_node_with_dag() can now take a mapping for its wires parameter as well as a sequence. The mapping should map bits in the replacement DAG to the bits in the DAG it is being inserted into. This permits an easier style of construction for callers when the input node has both classical bits and a condition, and the replacement DAG may use these out-of-order.

  • Added the qiskit.algorithms.minimum_eigensolvers package to include interfaces for primitive-enabled algorithms. VQE has been refactored in this implementation to leverage primitives.

    To use the new implementation with a reference primitive, one can do, for example:

    from qiskit.algorithms.minimum_eigensolvers import VQE
    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import SLSQP
    from qiskit.circuit.library import TwoLocal
    from qiskit.primitives import Estimator
    from qiskit.quantum_info import SparsePauliOp
    
    h2_op = SparsePauliOp(
        ["II", "IZ", "ZI", "ZZ", "XX"],
        coeffs=[
            -1.052373245772859,
            0.39793742484318045,
            -0.39793742484318045,
            -0.01128010425623538,
            0.18093119978423156,
        ],
    )
    
    estimator = Estimator()
    ansatz = TwoLocal(rotation_blocks=["ry", "rz"], entanglement_blocks="cz")
    optimizer = SLSQP()
    
    vqe = VQE(estimator, ansatz, optimizer)
    result = vqe.compute_minimum_eigenvalue(h2_op)
    eigenvalue = result.eigenvalue
    

    Note that the evaluated auxillary operators are now obtained via the aux_operators_evaluated field on the results. This will consist of a list or dict of tuples containing the expectation values for these operators, as we well as the metadata from primitive run. aux_operator_eigenvalues is no longer a valid field.

Upgrade Notes
  • For Target objects that only contain globally defined 2 qubit operations without any connectivity constaints the return from the Target.build_coupling_map() method will now return None instead of a CouplingMap object that contains num_qubits nodes and no edges. This change was made to better reflect the actual connectivity constraints of the Target because in this case there are no connectivity constraints on the backend being modeled by the Target, not a lack of connecitvity. If you desire the previous behavior for any reason you can reproduce it by checking for a None return and manually building a coupling map, for example:

    from qiskit.transpiler import Target, CouplingMap
    from qiskit.circuit.library import CXGate
    
    target = Target(num_qubits=3)
    target.add_instruction(CXGate())
    cmap = target.build_coupling_map()
    if cmap is None:
        cmap = CouplingMap()
        for i in range(target.num_qubits):
            cmap.add_physical_qubit(i)
    
  • The default value for the entanglement keyword argument on the constructor for the RealAmplitudes and EfficientSU2 classes has changed from "full" to "reverse_linear". This change was made because the output circuit is equivalent but uses only \(n-1\) instead of \(\frac{n(n-1)}{2}\) CXGate gates. If you desire the previous default you can explicity set entanglement="full" when calling either constructor.

  • Added a validation check to BaseSampler.run(). It raises an error if there is no classical bit.

  • Behavior of the call() pulse builder function has been upgraded. When a ScheduleBlock instance is called by this method, it internally creates a Reference in the current context, and immediately assigns the called program to the reference. Thus, the Call instruction is no longer generated. Along with this change, it is prohibited to call different blocks with the same name argument. Such operation will result in an error.

  • For most architectures starting in the following release of Qiskit Terra, 0.23, the tweedledum package will become an optional dependency, instead of a requirement. This is currently used by some classical phase-oracle functions. If your application or library needs this functionality, you may want to prepare by adding tweedledum to your package's dependencies immediately.

    tweedledum is no longer a requirement on macOS arm64 (M1) with immediate effect in Qiskit Terra 0.22. This is because the provided wheels for this platform are broken, and building from the sdist is not reliable for most people. If you manually install a working version of tweedledum, all the dependent functionality will continue to work.

  • The ._layout attribute of the QuantumCircuit object has been changed from storing a Layout object to storing a data class with 2 attributes, initial_layout which contains a Layout object for the initial layout set during compilation and input_qubit_mapping which contains a dictionary mapping qubits to position indices in the original circuit. This change was necessary to provide all the information for a post-transpiled circuit to be able to fully reverse the permutation caused by initial layout in all situations. While this attribute is private and shouldn't be used externally, it is the only way to track the initial layout through transpile() so the change is being documented in case you're relying on it. If you have a use case for the _layout attribute that is not being addressed by the Qiskit API please open an issue so we can address this feature gap.

  • The constructors for the SetPhase, ShiftPhase, SetFrequency, and ShiftFrequency classes will now raise a PulseError if the value passed in via the channel argument is not an instance of PulseChannel. This change was made to validate the input to the constructors are valid as the instructions are only valid for pulse channels and not other types of channels.

  • The plot_histogram() function has been modified to return an actual histogram of discrete binned values. The previous behavior for the function was despite the name to actually generate a visualization of the distribution of the input. Due to this disparity between the name of the function and the behavior the function behavior was changed so it's actually generating a proper histogram of discrete data now. If you wish to preserve the previous behavior of plotting a probability distribution of the counts data you can leverage the plot_distribution() to generate an equivalent graph. For example, the previous behavior of plot_histogram({'00': 512, '11': 500}) can be re-created with:

    from qiskit.visualization import plot_distribution
    import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
    
    ax = plt.subplot()
    plot_distribution({'00': 512, '11': 500}, ax=ax)
    ax.set_ylabel('Probabilities')
    
    Text(0, 0.5, 'Probabilities')
    
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  • The qiskit.pulse.builder contexts inline and pad have been removed. These were first deprecated in Terra 0.18.0 (July 2021). There is no replacement for inline; one can simply write the pulses in the containing scope. The pad context manager has had no effect since it was deprecated.

  • The output from the SabreSwap transpiler pass (including when optimization_level=3 or routing_method or layout_method are set to 'sabre' when calling transpile()) with a fixed seed value may change from previous releases. This is caused by a new random number generator being used as part of the rewrite of the SabreSwap pass in Rust which significantly improved the performance. If you rely on having consistent output you can run the pass in an earlier version of Qiskit and leverage qiskit.qpy to save the circuit and then load it using the current version.

  • The Layout.add() behavior when not specifying a physical_bit has changed from previous releases. In previous releases, a new physical bit would be added based on the length of the Layout object. For example if you had a Layout with the physical bits 1 and 3 successive calls to add() would add physical bits 2, 4, 5, 6, etc. While if the physical bits were 2 and 3 then successive calls would add 4, 5, 6, 7, etc. This has changed so that instead Layout.add() will first add any missing physical bits between 0 and the max physical bit contained in the Layout. So for the 1 and 3 example it now adds 0, 2, 4, 5 and for the 2 and 3 example it adds 0, 1, 4, 5 to the Layout. This change was made for both increased predictability of the outcome, and also to fix a class of bugs caused by the unexpected behavior. As physical bits on a backend always are contiguous sequences from 0 to \(n\) adding new bits when there are still unused physical bits could potentially cause the layout to use more bits than available on the backend. If you desire the previous behavior, you can specify the desired physical bit manually when calling Layout.add().

  • The deprecated method SparsePauliOp.table attribute has been removed. It was originally deprecated in Qiskit Terra 0.19. Instead the paulis() method should be used.

  • Support for returning a PauliTable from the pauli_basis() function has been removed. Similarly, the pauli_list argument on the pauli_basis() function which was used to switch to a PauliList (now the only return type) has been removed. This functionality was deprecated in the Qiskit Terra 0.19 release.

  • The fake backend objects FakeJohannesburg, FakeJohannesburgV2, FakeAlmaden, FakeAlmadenV2, FakeSingapore, and FakeSingaporeV2 no longer contain the pulse defaults payloads. This means for the BackendV1 based classes the BackendV1.defaults() method and pulse simulation via BackendV1.run() is no longer available. For BackendV2 based classes the calibration property for instructions in the Target is no longer populated. This change was done because these systems had exceedingly large pulse defaults payloads (in total ~50MB) due to using sampled waveforms instead of parameteric pulse definitions. These three payload files took > 50% of the disk space required to install qiskit-terra. When weighed against the potential value of being able to compile with pulse awareness or pulse simulate these retired devices the file size is not worth the cost. If you require to leverage these properties you can leverage an older version of Qiskit and leverage qpy to transfer circuits from older versions of qiskit into the current release.

  • isinstance check with pulse classes Gaussian, GaussianSquare, Drag and Constant will be invalidated because these pulse subclasses are no longer instantiated. They will still work in Terra 0.22, but you should begin transitioning immediately. Instead of using type information, SymbolicPulse.pulse_type should be used. This is assumed to be a unique string identifer for pulse envelopes, and we can use string equality to investigate the pulse types. For example,

    from qiskit.pulse.library import Gaussian
    
    pulse = Gaussian(160, 0.1, 40)
    
    if isinstance(pulse, Gaussian):
      print("This is Gaussian pulse.")
    

    This code should be upgraded to

    from qiskit.pulse.library import Gaussian
    
    pulse = Gaussian(160, 0.1, 40)
    
    if pulse.pulse_type == "Gaussian":
      print("This is Gaussian pulse.")
    

    With the same reason, the class attributes such as pulse.__class__.__name__ should not be accessed to get pulse type information.

  • The exception qiskit.exceptions.QiskitIndexError has been removed and no longer exists as per the deprecation notice from qiskit-terra 0.18.0 (released on Jul 12, 2021).

  • The deprecated arguments epsilon and factr for the constructor of the L_BFGS_B optimizer class have been removed. These arguments were originally deprecated as part of the 0.18.0 release (released on July 12, 2021). Instead the ftol argument should be used, you can refer to the scipy docs on the optimizer for more detail on the relationship between these arguments.

  • The implicit use of approximation_degree!=1.0 by default in in the transpile() function when optimization_level=3 is set has been disabled. The transpiler should, by default, preserve unitarity of the input up to known transformations such as one-sided permutations and similarity transformations. This was broken by the previous use of approximation_degree=None leading to incorrect results in cases such as Trotterized evolution with many time steps where unitaries were being overly approximated leading to incorrect results. It was decided that transformations that break unitary equivalence should be explicitly activated by the user. If you desire the previous default behavior where synthesized UnitaryGate instructions are approximated up to the error rates of the target backend's native instructions you can explicitly set approximation_degree=None when calling transpile() with optimization_level=3, for example:

    transpile(circuit, backend, approximation_degree=None, optimization_level=3)
    
  • Change the default of maximum number of allowed function evaluations (maxfun) in L_BFGS_B from 1000 to 15000 to match the SciPy default. This number also matches the default number of iterations (maxiter).

  • RZXCalibrationBuilder and RZXCalibrationBuilderNoEcho have been upgraded to skip stretching CX gates implemented by non-echoed cross resonance (ECR) sequence to avoid termination of the pass with unexpected errors. These passes take new argument verbose that controls whether the passes warn when this occurs. If verbose=True is set, pass raises user warning when it enconters non-ECR sequence.

  • The visualization module qiskit.visualization has seen some internal reorganisation. This should not have affected the public interface, but if you were accessing any internals of the circuit drawers, they may now be in different places. The only parts of the visualization module that are considered public are the components that are documented in this online documentation.

Deprecation Notes
  • Importing the names Int1, Int2, classical_function and BooleanExpression directly from qiskit.circuit is deprecated. This is part of the move to make tweedledum an optional dependency rather than a full requirement. Instead, you should import these names from qiskit.circuit.classicalfunction.

  • Modules qiskit.algorithms.factorizers and qiskit.algorithms.linear_solvers are deprecated and will be removed in a future release. They are replaced by tutorials in the Qiskit Textbook: Shor HHL

  • The pulse-module function qiskit.pulse.utils.deprecated_functionality is deprecated and will be removed in a future release. This was a primarily internal-only function. The same functionality is supplied by qiskit.utils.deprecate_function, which should be used instead.

  • The method of executing primitives has been changed. The BaseSampler.__call__() and BaseEstimator.__call__() methods were deprecated. For example:

    estimator = Estimator(...)
    result = estimator(circuits, observables, parameters)
    
    sampler = Sampler(...)
    result = sampler(circuits, observables, parameters)
    

    should be rewritten as

    estimator = Estimator()
    result = estimator.run(circuits, observables, parameter_values).result()
    
    sampler = Sampler()
    result = sampler.run(circuits, parameter_values).result()
    

    Using primitives as context managers is deprecated. Not all primitives have a context manager available. When available (e.g. in qiskit-ibm-runtime), the session's context manager provides equivalent functionality.

    circuits, observables, and parameters in the constructor was deprecated. circuits and observables can be passed from run methods. run methods do not support parameters. Users need to resort parameter values by themselves.

  • The unused argument qubit_channel_mapping in the RZXCalibrationBuilder and RZXCalibrationBuilderNoEcho transpiler passes have been deprecated and will be removed in a future release. This argument is no longer used and has no effect on the operation of the passes.

Bug Fixes
  • The DAGCircuit methods depth(), size() and DAGCircuit.count_ops() would previously silently return results that had little-to-no meaning if control-flow was present in the circuit. The depth() and size() methods will now correctly throw an error in these cases, but have a new recurse keyword argument to allow the calculation of a proxy value, while count_ops() will by default recurse into the blocks and count the operations within them.

  • The Operator.from_circuit() constructor method has been updated so that it can handle the layout output from transpile() and correctly reverse the qubit permutation caused by layout in all cases. Previously, if your transpiled circuit used loose Qubit objects, multiple QuantumRegister objects, or a single QuantumRegister with a name other than "q" the constructor would have failed to create an Operator from the circuit. Fixed #8800.

  • Fixed a bug where decomposing an instruction with one qubit and one classical bit containing a single quantum gate failed. Now the following decomposes as expected:

    block = QuantumCircuit(1, 1)
    block.h(0)
    
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(1, 1)
    circuit.append(block, [0], [0])
    
    decomposed = circuit.decompose()
    
  • Fixed initialization of empty symplectic matrix in from_symplectic() in PauliList class For example:

    from qiskit.quantum_info.operators import PauliList
    
    x = np.array([], dtype=bool).reshape((1,0))
    z = np.array([], dtype=bool).reshape((1,0))
    pauli_list = PauliList.from_symplectic(x, z)
    
  • Fix a problem in the GateDirection transpiler pass for the CZGate. The CZ gate is symmetric, so flipping the qubit arguments is allowed to match the directed coupling map.

  • Fixed issues with the DerivativeBase.gradient_wrapper() method when reusing a circuit sampler between the calls and binding nested parameters.

  • Fixed an issue in the mpl and latex circuit drawers, when setting the idle_wires option to False when there was a barrier in the circuit would cause the drawers to fail, has been fixed. Fixed #8313

  • Fixed an issue in circuit_drawer() and QuantumCircuit.draw() with the latex method where an OSError would be raised on systems whose temporary directories (e.g /tmp) are on a different filesystem than the working directory. Fixes #8542

  • Nesting a FlowController inside another in a PassManager could previously cause some transpiler passes to become "forgotten" during transpilation, if the passes returned a new DAGCircuit rather than mutating their input. Nested FlowControllers will now affect the transpilation correctly.

  • Comparing QuantumCircuit and DAGCircuits for equality was previously non-deterministic if the circuits contained more than one register of the same type (e.g. two or more QuantumRegisters), sometimes returning False even if the registers were identical. It will now correctly compare circuits with multiple registers.

  • The OpenQASM 2 exporter (QuantumCircuit.qasm()) will now correctly define the qubit parameters for UnitaryGate operations that do not affect all the qubits they are defined over. Fixed #8224.

  • There were two bugs in the text circuit drawer that were fixed. These appeared when vertical_compression was set to medium, which is the default. The first would sometimes cause text to overwrite other text or gates, and the second would sometimes cause the connections between a gate and its controls to break. See #8588.

  • Fixed an issue with the UnitarySynthesis pass where a circuit with 1 qubit gates and a Target input would sometimes fail instead of processing the circuit as expected.

  • The GateDirection transpiler pass will now respect the available values for gate parameters when handling parametrised gates with a Target.

  • Fixed an issue in the SNOBFIT optimizer class when an internal error would be raised during the execution of the minimize() method if no input bounds where specified. This is now checked at call time to quickly raise a ValueError if required bounds are missing from the minimize() call. Fixes #8580

  • Fixed an issue in the output callable from the get_energy_evaluation() method of the VQD class will now correctly call the specified callback when run. Previously the callback would incorrectly not be used in this case. Fixed #8575

  • Fixed an issue when circuit_drawer() was used with reverse_bits=True on a circuit without classical bits that would cause a potentially confusing warning about cregbundle to be emitted. Fixed #8690

  • The OpenQASM 3 exporter (qiskit.qasm3) will now correctly handle OpenQASM built-ins (such as reset and measure) that have a classical condition applied by c_if(). Previously the condition would have been ignored.

  • Fixed an issue with the SPSA class where internally it was trying to batch jobs into even sized batches which would raise an exception if creating even batches was not possible. This has been fixed so it will always batch jobs successfully even if they're not evenly sized.

  • Fixed the behavior of Layout.add() which was potentially causing the output of transpile() to be invalid and contain more Qubits than what was available on the target backend. Fixed: #8667

  • Fixed an issue with the state_to_latex() function: passing a latex string to the optional prefix argument of the function would raise an error. Fixed #8460

  • The function state_to_latex() produced not valid LaTeX in presence of close-to-zero values, resulting in errors when state_drawer() is called. Fixed #8169.

  • GradientDescent will now correctly count the number of iterations, function evaluations and gradient evaluations. Also the documentation now correctly states that the gradient is approximated by a forward finite difference method.

  • Fix deprecation warnings in NaturalGradient, which now uses the StandardScaler to scale the data before fitting the model if the normalize parameter is set to True.

Aer 0.11.0

No change

IBM Q Provider 0.19.2

No change

Qiskit 0.38.0

Terra 0.21.2

No change

Aer 0.11.0

Prelude

The Qiskit Aer 0.11.0 release highlights are:

New Features
  • Added Aer implementation of primitives, Sampler and BaseSampler and BaseEstimator interfaces leverage qiskit aer to efficiently perform the computation of the primitive operations. You can refer to the qiskit.primitives docs for a more detailed description of the primitives API.

  • Added a shared library to Qiskit Aer that allows external programs to use Aer's simulation methods. This is an experimental feature and its API may be changed without the deprecation period.

  • Added support for M1 macOS systems. Precompiled binaries for supported Python versions >=3.8 on arm64 macOS will now be published on PyPI for this and future releases.

  • Added support for cuQuantum, NVIDIA's APIs for quantum computing, to accelerate statevector, density matrix and unitary simulators by using GPUs. This is experiemental implementation for cuQuantum Beta 2. (0.1.0) cuStateVec APIs are enabled to accelerate instead of Aer's implementations by building Aer by setting path of cuQuantum to CUSTATEVEC_ROOT. (binary distribution is not available currently.) cuStateVector is enabled by setting device='GPU' and cuStateVec_threshold options. cuStateVec is enabled when number of qubits of input circuit is equal or greater than cuStateVec_threshold.

  • Added partial support for running on ppc64le and s390x Linux platforms. This release will start publishing pre-compiled binaries for ppc64le and s390x Linux platforms on all Python versions. However, unlike other supported platforms not all of Qiskit's upstream dependencies support these platforms yet. So a C/C++ compiler may be required to build and install these dependencies and a simple pip install qiskit-aer with just a working Python environment will not be sufficient to install Qiskit Aer. Additionally, these same constraints prevent us from testing the pre-compiled wheels before publishing them, so the same guarantees around platform support that exist for the other platforms don't apply to these platforms.

  • Allow initialization with a label, that consists of +-rl. Now the following code works:

    import qiskit
    from qiskit_aer import AerSimulator
    
    qc = qiskit.QuantumCircuit(4)
    qc.initialize('+-rl')
    qc.save_statevector()
    
    AerSimulator(method="statevector").run(qc)
    
Known Issues
  • When running on Linux s390x platforms (or other big endian platforms) running circuits that contain UnitaryGate operations will not work because of an endianess bug. See #1506 for more details.

Upgrade Notes
  • MPI parallelization for large number of qubits is optimized to apply multiple chunk-swaps as all-to-all communication that can decrease data size exchanged over MPI processes. This upgrade improve scalability of parallelization.

  • Set default fusion_max_qubit and fusion_threshold depending on the configured method for AerSimulator. Previously, the default values of fusion_max_qubit and fusion_threshold were 5 and 14 respectively for all simulation methods. However, their optimal values depend on running methods. If you depended on the previous defaults you can explicitly set fusion_max_qubit=5 or fusion_threshold=14 to retain the previous default behavior. For example:

    from qiskit_aer import AerSimulator
    
    sim = AerSimulator(method='mps', fusion_max_qubit=5, fusion_threshold=14)
    
  • This is update to support cuQuantum 22.5.0.41 including bug fix of thread safety in some cuStateVec APIs. Now Qiskit Aer turns on multi-threading for multi-shots and multi-chunk parallelization when enabling cuStateVec.

  • Running qiskit-aer with Python 3.6 is no longer supported. Python >= 3.7 is now required to install and run qiskit-aer.

  • The qiskit-aer Python package has moved to be a self-contained namespace, qiskit_aer. Previously, it shared a namespace with qiskit-terra by being qiskit.providers.aer. This was problematic for several reasons, and this release moves away from it. For the time being import qiskit.providers.aer will continue to work and redirect to qiskit_aer automatically. Imports from the legacy qiskit.provider.aer namespace will emit a DeprecationWarning in the future. To avoid any potential issues starting with this release, updating all imports from qiskit.providers.aer to qiskit_aer and from qiskit.Aer to qiskit_aer.Aer is recommended.

  • Removed snapshot instructions (such as SnapshotStatevector) which were deprecated since 0.9.0. Applications that use these instructions need to be modified to use corresponding save instructions (such as SaveStatevector).

  • Removed the qiskit_aer.extensions module completely. With the removal of the snapshot instructions, this module has become empty and no longer serves a purpose.

  • The required version of Qiskit Terra has been bumped to 0.20.0.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixes for MPI chunk distribution. Including fix for global indexing for Thrust implementations, fix for cache blocking of non-gate operations. Also savestatevector returns same statevector to all processes (only 1st process received statevector previously.)

  • Handles a multiplexer gate as a unitary gate if it has no control qubits. Previously, if a multiplexer gate does not have control qubits, quantum state was not updated.

  • Fixes a bug in RelaxationNoisePass where instruction durations were always assumed to be in dt time units, regardless of the actual unit of the isntruction. Now unit conversion is correctly handled for all instruction duration units.

    See #1453 for details.

  • Fixed simulation of for loops where the loop parameter was not used in the body of the loop. For example, previously this code would fail, but will now succeed:

    import qiskit
    from qiskit_aer import AerSimulator
    
    qc = qiskit.QuantumCircuit(2)
    with qc.for_loop(range(4)) as i:
        qc.h(0)
        qc.cx(0, 1)
    
    AerSimulator(method="statevector").run(qc)
    
  • Fixes a bug in NoiseModel.from_backend() that raised an error when T2 value greater than 2 * T1 was supplied by the backend. After this fix, it becomes to truncate T2 value up to 2 * T1 and issue a user warning if truncates. The bug was introduced at #1391 and, before that, NoiseModel.from_backend() had truncated the T2 value up to 2 * T1 silently.

    See Issue 1464 for details.

  • Fix performance regression in noisy simulations due to large increase in serialization overhead for loading noise models from Python into C++ resulting from unintended nested Python multiprocessing calls. See issue 1407 for details.

  • This is the fix for Issue #1557. Different seed numbers are generated for each process if seed_simulator option is not set. This fix average seed set in Circuit for all processes to use the same seed number.

  • This is a fix of MPI parallelization for multi-chunk parallelization and multi-shot distribution over parallel processes. There were missing distribution configuration that prevents MPI distribution, is now fixed.

  • This is fix for cache blocking transpiler and chunk parallelization for GPUs or MPI. This fix fixes issue with qubits which has many control or target qubits (> blocking_qubits). From this fix, only target qubits of the multi-controlled gate is cache blocked in blocking_qubits. But it does not support case if number of target qubits is still larger than blocking_qubits (i.e. large unitary matrix multiplication)

  • Fixes a bug in QuantumError.to_dict() where N-qubit circuit instructions where the assembled instruction always applied to qubits [0, ..., N-1] rather than the instruction qubits. This bug also affected device and fake backend noise models.

    See Issue 1415 for details.

  • Because a seed was randomly assigned to each circuit if seed_simulator is not set, multi-circuit simulation was not reproducible with another multi-circuit simulation. Users needed to run multiple single-circuit simulation with the seed_simulator which is randomly assigned in the multi-circuit simulation. This fix allows users to reproduce multi-circuit simulation with another multi-circuit simulation by setting seed_simulator of the first circuit in the first multi-circuit simulation. This fix also resolve an issue reported in https://github.com/Qiskit/qiskit-aer/issues/1511, where simulation with parameter-binds returns identical results for each circuit instance.

  • Fix performance issue in multi-shots batched optimization for GPU when using Pauli noise. This fix allows multi-threading to runtime noise sampling, and uses nested OpenMP parallelization when using multiple GPUs. This is fix for issue 1473 <https://github.com/Qiskit/qiskit-aer/issues/1473>

  • This is the fix for cuStateVec support, fix for build error because of specification change of some APIs of cuStateVec from cuQuantum version 0.40.

  • Fixes an issue when while_loop is the tail of QuantumCircuit. while_loop is translated to jump and mark instructions. However, if a while_loop is at the end of a circuit, its mark instruction is truncated wrongly. This fix corrects the truncation algorithm to always remain mark instructions.

IBM Q Provider 0.19.2

No change

Qiskit 0.37.2

Terra 0.21.2

Prelude

Qiskit Terra 0.21.2 is a primarily a bugfix release, and also comes with several improved documentation pages.

Bug Fixes
  • aer_simulator_statevector_gpu will now be recognized correctly as statevector method in some function when using Qiskit Aer's GPU simulators in QuantumInstance and other algorithm runners.

  • Fixed the UCGate.inverse() method which previously did not invert the global phase.

  • QuantumCircuit.compose() will now function correctly when used with the inplace=True argument within control-flow builder contexts. Previously the instructions would be added outside the control-flow scope. Fixed #8433.

  • Fixed a bug where a bound ParameterExpression was not identified as real if symengine was installed and the bound expression was not a plain 1j. For example:

    from qiskit.circuit import Parameter
    
    x = Parameter("x")
    expr = 1j * x
    bound = expr.bind({x: 2})
    print(bound.is_real())  # used to be True, but is now False
    
  • Fixed QPY serialisation and deserialisation of ControlledGate with open controls (i.e. those whose ctrl_state is not all ones). Fixed #8549.

  • All fake backends in qiskit.providers.fake_provider.backends have been updated to return the corresponding pulse channel objects with the method call of drive_channel(), measure_channel(), acquire_channel(), control_channel().

  • Fixed support for running Z2Symmetries.taper() on larger problems. Previously, the method would require a large amount of memory which would typically cause failures for larger problem. As a side effect of this fix the performance has significantly improved.

Aer 0.10.4

No change

IBM Q Provider 0.19.2

No change

Qiskit 0.37.1

Terra 0.21.1

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue in QuantumCircuit.decompose() method when passing in a list of Gate classes for the gates_to_decompose argument. If any gates in the circuit had a label set this argument wouldn't be handled correctly and caused the output decomposition to incorrectly skip gates explicitly in the gates_to_decompose list.

  • Fix to_instruction() which previously tried to create a UnitaryGate without exponentiating the operator to evolve. Since this operator is generally not unitary, this raised an error (and if the operator would have been unitary by chance, it would not have been the expected result).

    Now calling to_instruction() correctly produces a gate that implements the time evolution of the operator it holds:

    >>> from qiskit.opflow import EvolvedOp, X
    >>> op = EvolvedOp(0.5 * X)
    >>> op.to_instruction()
    Instruction(
        name='unitary', num_qubits=1, num_clbits=0,
        params=[array([[0.87758256+0.j, 0.-0.47942554j], [0.-0.47942554j, 0.87758256+0.j]])]
    )
    
  • Fixed an issue with the marginal_distribution() function: when a numpy array was passed in for the indices argument the function would raise an error. Fixed #8283

  • Previously it was not possible to adjoint a CircuitStateFn that has been constructed from a VectorStateFn. That's because the statevector has been converted to a circuit with the Initialize instruction, which is not unitary. This problem is now fixed by instead using the StatePreparation instruction, which can be used since the state is assumed to start out in the all 0 state.

    For example we can now do:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.opflow import StateFn
    
    left = StateFn([0, 1])
    left_circuit = left.to_circuit_op().primitive
    
    right_circuit = QuantumCircuit(1)
    right_circuit.x(0)
    
    overlap = left_circuit.inverse().compose(right_circuit)  # this line raised an error before!
    
  • Fix a bug in the Optimizer classes where re-constructing a new optimizer instance from a previously exisiting settings reset both the new and previous optimizer settings to the defaults. This notably led to a bug if Optimizer objects were send as input to Qiskit Runtime programs.

    Now optimizer objects are correctly reconstructed:

    >>> from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import COBYLA
    >>> original = COBYLA(maxiter=1)
    >>> reconstructed = COBYLA(**original.settings)
    >>> reconstructed._options["maxiter"]
    1  # used to be 1000!
    
  • Fixed an issue where the limit_amplitude argument on an individual SymbolicPulse or Waveform instance was not properly reflected by parameter validation. In addition, QPY schedule dump() has been fixed to correctly store the limit_amplitude value tied to the instance, rather than saving the global class variable.

  • Fix the pairwise entanglement structure for NLocal circuits. This led to a bug in the ZZFeatureMap, where using entanglement="pairwise" raised an error. Now it correctly produces the desired feature map:

    from qiskit.circuit.library import ZZFeatureMap
    encoding = ZZFeatureMap(4, entanglement="pairwise", reps=1)
    print(encoding.decompose().draw())
    

    The above prints:

         ┌───┐┌─────────────┐
    q_0: ┤ H ├┤ P(2.0*x[0]) ├──■────────────────────────────────────■────────────────────────────────────────────
         ├───┤├─────────────┤┌─┴─┐┌──────────────────────────────┐┌─┴─┐
    q_1: ┤ H ├┤ P(2.0*x[1]) ├┤ X ├┤ P(2.0*(π - x[0])*(π - x[1])) ├┤ X ├──■────────────────────────────────────■──
         ├───┤├─────────────┤└───┘└──────────────────────────────┘└───┘┌─┴─┐┌──────────────────────────────┐┌─┴─┐
    q_2: ┤ H ├┤ P(2.0*x[2]) ├──■────────────────────────────────────■──┤ X ├┤ P(2.0*(π - x[1])*(π - x[2])) ├┤ X ├
         ├───┤├─────────────┤┌─┴─┐┌──────────────────────────────┐┌─┴─┐└───┘└──────────────────────────────┘└───┘
    q_3: ┤ H ├┤ P(2.0*x[3]) ├┤ X ├┤ P(2.0*(π - x[2])*(π - x[3])) ├┤ X ├──────────────────────────────────────────
         └───┘└─────────────┘└───┘└──────────────────────────────┘└───┘
    
  • Fixed an issue in handling the global phase of the UCGate class.

Aer 0.10.4

No change

IBM Q Provider 0.19.2

No change

Qiskit 0.37.0

This release officially marks the end of support for the Qiskit Ignis project from Qiskit. It was originally deprecated in the 0.33.0 release and as was documented in that release the qiskit-ignis package has been removed from the Qiskit metapackage, which means in that future release pip install qiskit will no longer include qiskit-ignis. However, note because of limitations in python packaging we cannot automatically remove a pre-existing install of qiskit-ignis. If you are upgrading from a previous version it's recommended that you manually uninstall Qiskit Ignis with pip uninstall qiskit-ignis or install the metapackage in a fresh python environment.

Qiskit Ignis has been supersceded by the Qiskit Experiments project. You can refer to the migration guide for details on how to switch from Qiskit Ignis to Qiskit Experiments.

Terra 0.21.0

Prelude

The Qiskit 0.21.0 release highlights are:

  • Support for serialization of a pulse ScheduleBlock via qiskit.qpy. The QPY Format has been updated to version 5 which includes a definition for including the pulse schedules. To support this, a new SymbolicPulse class was introduced to enable defining parametric pulse waveforms via symbolic expressions.

  • Improvements to working with preset pass managers. A new function generate_preset_pass_manager() enables easily generating a pass manager equivalent to what transpile() will use internally. Additionally, preset pass managers are now instances of StagedPassManager which makes it easier to modify sections.

  • A refactor of the internal data structure of the QuantumCircuit.data attribute. It previously was a list of tuples in the form (instruction, qubits, clbits) and now is a list of CircuitInstruction objects. The CircuitInstruction objects is backwards compatible with the previous tuple based access, however with runtime overhead cost.

Additionally, the transpiler has been improved to enable better quality outputs. This includes the introduction of new passes such as VF2PostLayout and ToqmSwap.

New Features
  • Added a new class, qiskit.transpiler.StagedPassManager, which is a PassManager subclass that has a pipeline with defined phases to perform circuit compilation. Each phase is a PassManager object that will get executed in a fixed order. For example:

    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import *
    from qiskit.transpiler import PassManager, StagedPassManager
    
    basis_gates = ['rx', 'ry', 'rxx']
    init = PassManager([UnitarySynthesis(basis_gates, min_qubits=3), Unroll3qOrMore()])
    translate = PassManager([Collect2qBlocks(),
                             ConsolidateBlocks(basis_gates=basis_gates),
                             UnitarySynthesis(basis_gates)])
    
    staged_pm = StagedPassManager(stages=['init', 'translation'], init=init, translation=translate)
    
  • Added the methods PauliList.group_commuting() and SparsePauliOp.group_commuting(), which partition these operators into sublists where each element commutes with all the others. For example:

    from qiskit.quantum_info import PauliList, SparsePauliOp
    
    groups = PauliList(["XX", "YY", "IZ", "ZZ"]).group_commuting()
    # 'groups' is [PauliList(['IZ', 'ZZ']), PauliList(['XX', 'YY'])]
    
    op = SparsePauliOp.from_list([("XX", 2), ("YY", 1), ("IZ", 2j), ("ZZ", 1j)])
    groups = op.group_commuting()
    # 'groups' is [
    #     SparsePauliOp(['IZ', 'ZZ'], coeffs=[0.+2.j, 0.+1.j]),
    #     SparsePauliOp(['XX', 'YY'], coeffs=[2.+0.j, 1.+0.j]),
    # ]
    
  • Added a new function, marginal_distribution(), which is used to marginalize an input dictionary of bitstrings to an integer (such as Counts). This is similar in functionality to the existing marginal_counts() function with three key differences. The first is that marginal_counts() works with either a counts dictionary or a Results object while marginal_distribution() only works with a dictionary. The second is that marginal_counts() does not respect the order of indices in its indices argument while marginal_distribution() does and will permute the output bits based on the indices order. The third difference is that marginal_distribution() should be faster as its implementation is written in Rust and streamlined for just marginalizing a dictionary input.

  • Added the @ (__matmul__) binary operator to BaseOperator subclasses in the qiskit.quantum_info module. This is shorthand to call the classes' dot method (A @ B == A.dot(B)).

  • Added a new optional argument, reps, to QuantumCircuit.decompose(), which allows repeated decomposition of the circuit. For example:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(1)
    circuit.ry(0.5, 0)
    
    # Equivalent to circuit.decompose().decompose()
    circuit.decompose(reps=2)
    
    # decompose 2 times, but only RY gate 2 times and R gate 1 times
    circuit.decompose(gates_to_decompose=['ry','r'], reps=2)
    
  • Added a new pulse base class SymbolicPulse. This is a replacement of the conventional ParametricPulse, which will be deprecated. In the new base class, pulse-envelope and parameter-validation functions are represented by symbolic-expression objects. The new class provides self-contained and portable pulse data since these symbolic equations can be easily serialized through symbolic computation libraries.

  • Added support for non-Hermitian operators in AerPauliExpectation. This allows the use of Aer's fast snapshot expectation computations in algorithms such as QEOM.

  • Added a new circuit drawing style, textbook, which uses the color scheme of the Qiskit Textbook.

  • A new attribute QuantumCircuit.op_start_times is populated when one of scheduling analysis passes is run on the circuit. It can be used to obtain circuit instruction with instruction time, for example:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit, transpile
    from qiskit.providers.fake_provider import FakeMontreal
    
    backend = FakeMontreal()
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit(2)
    qc.h(0)
    qc.cx(0, 1)
    
    qct = transpile(
        qc, backend, initial_layout=[0, 1], coupling_map=[[0, 1]], scheduling_method="alap"
    )
    scheduled_insts = list(zip(qct.op_start_times, qct.data))
    
  • Added a new method QuantumCircuit.copy_empty_like() which is used to get a cleared copy of a QuantumCircuit instance. This is logically equivalent to qc.copy().clear(), but significantly faster and more memory-efficient. This is useful when one needs a new empty circuit with all the same resources (qubits, classical bits, metadata, and so on) already added.

  • The Target.instruction_supported() method now supports two new keyword arguments, operation_class and parameters. Using these arguments the instruction_supported() method can now be used for checking that a specific operation with parameter values are supported by a Target object. For example, if you want to check if a Target named target supports running a RXGate with \(\theta = \frac{\pi}{2}\) you would do something like:

    from math import pi
    from qiskit.circuit.library import RXGate
    
    target.instruction_supported(operation_class=RXGate, parameters=[pi/2])
    

    which will return True if target supports running RXGate with \(\theta = \frac{\pi}{2}\) and False if it does not.

  • Added a Trotterization-based quantum real-time evolution algorithm qiskit.algorithms.TrotterQRTE. It is compliant with the new quantum time evolution framework and makes use of the ProductFormula and PauliEvolutionGate implementations.

    from qiskit.algorithms import EvolutionProblem
    from qiskit.algorithms.evolvers.trotterization import TrotterQRTE
    from qiskit.opflow import X, Z, StateFn, SummedOp
    
    operator = SummedOp([X, Z])
    initial_state = StateFn([1, 0])
    time = 1
    evolution_problem = EvolutionProblem(operator, time, initial_state)
    
    trotter_qrte = TrotterQRTE()
    evolution_result = trotter_qrte.evolve(evolution_problem)
    evolved_state_circuit = evolution_result.evolved_state
    
  • Added a new function generate_preset_pass_manager() which can be used to quickly generate a preset PassManager object that mirrors the PassManager used internally by the transpile() function. For example:

    from qiskit.transpiler.preset_passmanagers import generate_preset_pass_manager
    from qiskit.providers.fake_provider import FakeWashingtonV2
    
    # Generate an optimization level 3 pass manager targeting FakeWashingtonV2
    pass_manager = generate_preset_pass_manager(3, FakeWashingtonV2())
    
  • Added a new function marginal_memory() which is used to marginalize shot memory arrays. Provided with the shot memory array and the indices of interest, the function will return a maginized shot memory array. This function differs from the memory support in the marginal_counts() method which only works on the memory field in a Results object.

  • The primitives interface has been extended to accept objects in addition to indices as arguments to the __call__ method. The parameter_values argument can now be optional.

  • Added a new layout and routing method to transpile() based on the paper "Time-optimal qubit mapping". To use it, the optional package Qiskit TOQM must be installed. The routing_method kwarg of transpile() supports an additional value, 'toqm' which is used to enable layout and routing via TOQM.

    To install qiskit-toqm along with Terra, run:

    pip install qiskit-terra[toqm]
    
  • Added a new module qiskit.quantum_info.synthesis.qsd to apply Quantum Shannon Decomposition of arbitrary unitaries. This functionality replaces the previous isometry-based approach in the default unitary synthesis transpiler pass as well as when adding unitaries to a circuit using a UnitaryGate.

    The Quantum Shannon Decomposition uses about half the cnot gates as the isometry implementation when decomposing unitary matrices of greater than two qubits.

  • Classes in the quantum_info module that support scalar multiplication can now be multiplied by a scalar from either the left or the right. Previously, they would only accept scalar multipliers from the left.

  • The transpiler pass LookaheadSwap (used by transpile() when routing_method="lookahead") has seen some performance improvements and will now be approximately three times as fast. This is purely being more efficient in its calculations, and does not change the complexity of the algorithm. In most cases, a more modern routing algorithm like SabreSwap (routing_method="sabre") will be vastly more performant.

  • New transpiler passes have been added. The transpiler pass Commuting2qGateRouter uses swap strategies to route a block of commuting gates to the coupling map. Indeed, routing is a hard problem but is significantly easier when the gates commute as in CZ networks. Blocks of commuting gates are also typically found in QAOA. Such cases can be dealt with using swap strategies that apply a predefined set of layers of SWAP gates. Furthermore, the new transpiler pass FindCommutingPauliEvolutions identifies blocks of Pauli evolutions made of commuting two-qubit terms. Here, a swap strategy is specified by the class SwapStrategy. Swap strategies need to be tailored to the coupling map and, ideally, the circuit for the best results.

  • Introduced a new optimizer to Qiskit library, which adds support to the optimization of parameters of variational quantum algorithms. This is the Univariate Marginal Distribution Algorithm (UMDA), which is a specific type of the Estimation of Distribution Algorithms. For example:

    from qiskit.opflow import X, Z, I
    from qiskit import Aer
    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import UMDA
    from qiskit.algorithms import QAOA
    from qiskit.utils import QuantumInstance
    
    H2_op = (-1.052373245772859 * I ^ I) + \
            (0.39793742484318045 * I ^ Z) + \
            (-0.39793742484318045 * Z ^ I) + \
            (-0.01128010425623538 * Z ^ Z) + \
            (0.18093119978423156 * X ^ X)
    
    p = 2  # Toy example: 2 layers with 2 parameters in each layer: 4 variables
    
    opt = UMDA(maxiter=100, size_gen=20)
    backend = Aer.get_backend('statevector_simulator')
    vqe = QAOA(opt,
               quantum_instance=QuantumInstance(backend=backend),
               reps=p)
    
    result = vqe.compute_minimum_eigenvalue(operator=H2_op)
    
  • The constructor for the Unroll3qOrMore transpiler pass has two new optional keyword arguments, target and basis_gates. These options enable you to specify the Target or supported basis gates respectively to describe the target backend. If any of the operations in the circuit are in the target or basis_gates those will not be unrolled by the pass as the target device has native support for the operation.

  • QPY serialization has been upgraded to support ScheduleBlock. Now you can save pulse program in binary and load it at later time:

    from qiskit import pulse, qpy
    
    with pulse.build() as schedule:
        pulse.play(pulse.Gaussian(160, 0.1, 40), pulse.DriveChannel(0))
    
    with open('schedule.qpy', 'wb') as fd:
        qpy.dump(schedule, fd)
    
    with open('schedule.qpy', 'rb') as fd:
        new_schedule = qpy.load(fd)[0]
    

    This uses the QPY interface common to QuantumCircuit. See SCHEDULE_BLOCK for details of data structure.

  • Added a new transpiler pass, VF2PostLayout. This pass is of a new type to perform a new phase/function in the compilation pipeline, post-layout or post optimization qubit selection. The idea behind this pass is after we finish the optimization loop in transpiler we know what the final gate counts will be on each qubit in the circuit so we can potentially find a better-performing subset of qubits on a backend to execute the circuit. The pass will search for an isomorphic subgraph in the connectivity graph of the target backend and look at the full error rate of the complete circuit on any subgraph found and return the layout found with the lowest error rate for the circuit.

    This pass is similar to the VF2Layout pass and both internally use the same VF2 implementation from retworkx. However, VF2PostLayout is deisgned to run after initial layout, routing, basis translation, and any optimization passes run and will only work if a layout has already been applied, the circuit has been routed, and all gates are in the target basis. This is required so that when a new layout is applied the circuit can still be run on the target device. VF2Layout on the other hand is designed to find a perfect initial layout and can work with any circuit.

  • The ApplyLayout transpiler pass now has support for updating a layout on a circuit after a layout has been applied once before. If the post_layout field is present (in addition to the required layout field) the property_set when the ApplyLayout pass is run the pass will update the layout to apply the new layout. This will return a DAGCircuit with the qubits in the new physical order and the layout property set will be updated so that it maps the virtual qubits from the original layout to the physical qubits in the new post_layout field.

  • The preset pass managers generated by level_1_pass_manager(), level_2_pass_manager(), and level_3_pass_manager() which correspond to optimization_level 1, 2, and 3 respectively on the transpile() function now run the VF2PostLayout pass after running the routing pass. This enables the transpiler to potentially find a different set of physical qubits on the target backend to run the circuit on which have lower error rates. The VF2PostLayout pass will not be run if you manually specify a layout_method, routing_method, or initial_layout arguments to transpile(). If the pass can find a better performing subset of qubits on backend to run the physical circuit it will adjust the layout of the circuit to use the alternative qubits instead.

  • The algorithm iteratively computes each eigenstate by starting from the ground state (which is computed as in VQE) and then optimising a modified cost function that tries to compute eigen states that are orthogonal to the states computed in the previous iterations and have the lowest energy when computed over the ansatz. The interface implemented is very similar to that of VQE and is of the form:

    from qiskit.algorithms import VQD
    from qiskit.utils import QuantumInstance
    from qiskit.circuit.library import TwoLocal
    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import COBYLA
    from qiskit import BasicAer
    from qiskit.opflow import I,Z,X
    
    h2_op = (
        -1.052373245772859 * (I ^ I)
        + 0.39793742484318045 * (I ^ Z)
        - 0.39793742484318045 * (Z ^ I)
        - 0.01128010425623538 * (Z ^ Z)
        + 0.18093119978423156 * (X ^ X)
    )
    
    vqd = VQD(k =2, ansatz = TwoLocal(rotation_blocks="ry", entanglement_blocks="cz"),optimizer = COBYLA(maxiter = 0), quantum_instance = QuantumInstance(
                BasicAer.get_backend("qasm_simulator"), shots = 2048)
            )
    vqd_res = vqd.compute_eigenvalues(op)
    

    This particular code snippet generates 2 eigenvalues (ground and 1st excited state) Tests have also been implemented.

Upgrade Notes
  • The data type of each element in QuantumCircuit.data has changed. It used to be a simple 3-tuple of an Instruction, a list of Qubits, and a list of Clbits, whereas it is now an instance of CircuitInstruction.

    The attributes of this new class are operation, qubits and clbits, corresponding to the elements of the previous tuple. However, qubits and clbits are now tuple instances, not lists.

    This new class will behave exactly like the old 3-tuple if one attempts to access its index its elements, or iterate through it. This includes casting the qubits and clbits elements to lists. This is to assist backwards compatibility. Starting from Qiskit Terra 0.21, this is no longer the preferred way to access these elements. Instead, you should use the attribute-access form described above.

    This has been done to allow further developments of the QuantumCircuit data structure in Terra, without constantly breaking backwards compatibility. Planned developments include dynamic parameterized circuits, and an overall reduction in memory usage of deep circuits.

  • The python-constraint dependency, which is used solely by the CSPLayout transpiler pass, is no longer in the requirements list for the Qiskit Terra package. This is because the CSPLayout pass is no longer used by default in any of the preset pass managers for transpile(). While the pass is still available, if you're using it you will need to manually install python-contraint or when you install qiskit-terra you can use the csp-layout extra, for example:

    pip install "qiskit-terra[csp-layout]"
    
  • The QPY version format version emitted by qpy.dump() has been increased to version 5. This new format version is incompatible with the previous versions and will result in an error when trying to load it with a deserializer that isn't able to handle QPY version 5. This change was necessary to fix support for representing controlled gates properly and representing non-default control states.

  • Qiskit Terra's compiled Rust extensions now have a minimum supported Rust version (MSRV) of 1.56.1. This means when building Qiskit Terra from source the oldest version of the Rust compiler supported is 1.56.1. If you are using an older version of the Rust compiler you will need to update to a newer version to continue to build Qiskit from source. This change was necessary as a number of upstream dependencies have updated their minimum supported versions too.

  • Circuit scheduling now executes in parallel when more than one circuit is provided to schedule(). Refer to #2695 for more details.

  • The previously deprecated BaseBackend, BaseJob, and BaseProvider classes have all been removed. They were originally deprecated in the 0.18.0 release. Instead of these classes you should be using the versioned providers interface classes, the latest being BackendV2, JobV1, and ProviderV1.

  • The previously deprecated backend argument for the constructor of the RZXCalibrationBuilder transpiler pass has been removed. It was originally deprecated in the 0.19.0 release. Instead you should query the Backend object for the instruction_schedule_map and qubit_channel_mapping and pass that directly to the constructor. For example, with a BackendV1 backend:

    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import RZXCalibrationBuilder
    from qiskit.providers.fake_provider import FakeMumbai
    
    backend = FakeMumbai()
    inst_map = backend.defaults().instruction_schedule_map
    channel_map = backend.configuration().qubit_channel_mapping
    cal_pass = RZXCalibrationBuilder(
        instruction_schedule_map=inst_map,
        qubit_channel_mapping=channel_map,
    )
    

    or with a BackendV2 backend:

    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import RZXCalibrationBuilder
    from qiskit.providers.fake_provider import FakeMumbaiV2
    
    backend = FakeMumbaiV2()
    inst_map = backend.instruction_schedule_map
    channel_map = {bit: backend.drive_channel(bit) for bit in range(backend.num_qubits)}
    cal_pass = RZXCalibrationBuilder(
        instruction_schedule_map=inst_map,
        qubit_channel_mapping=channel_map,
    )
    
  • The measurement shot limit for the BasicAer backend has been removed.

  • For the DAGNode, the previously deprecated type, op, qargs, cargs, and wire kwargs and attributes have been removed. These were originally deprecated in the 0.19.0 release. The op, qargs, and cargs kwargs and attributes can be accessed only on instances of DAGOpNode, and the wire kwarg and attribute are only on instances of DAGInNode or DAGOutNode.

  • The deprecated function pauli_group() has been removed. It was originally deprecated in Qiskit Terra 0.17.

  • Several deprecated methods on Pauli have been removed, which were originally deprecated in Qiskit Terra 0.17. These were:

    sgn_prod

    Use Pauli.compose() or Pauli.dot() instead.

    to_spmatrix

    Use Pauli.to_matrix() with argument sparse=True instead.

    kron

    Use Pauli.expand(), but beware that this returns a new object, rather than mutating the existing one.

    update_z and update_x

    Set the z and x attributes of the object directly.

    insert_paulis

    Use Pauli.insert().

    append_paulis

    Use Pauli.expand().

    delete_qubits

    Use Pauli.delete().

    pauli_single

    Construct the label manually and pass directly to the initializer, such as:

    Pauli("I" * index + pauli_label + "I" * (num_qubits - index - len(pauli_label)))
    
    random

    Use quantum_info.random_pauli() instead.

  • Removed the optimize method from the Optimizer classes, which is superseded by the minimize() method as direct replacement. The one exception is SPSA, where the deprecation warning was not triggered so the method there is still kept.

  • Result was modified so that it always contains date, status, and header attributes (set to None if not specified).

  • For Python 3.7 shared-memory38 is now a dependency. This was added as a dependency for Python 3.7 to enable leveraging the shared memory constructs in the standard library of newer versions of Python. If you're running on Python >= 3.8 there is no extra dependency required.

  • Instruction labels are now type-checked on instruction creation.

  • The preset pass managers generated by level_1_pass_manager(), level_2_pass_manager(), and level_3_pass_manager() and used by the transpile() function's optimization_level argument at 1, 2, and 3 respectively no longer set a hard time limit on the VF2Layout transpiler pass. This means that the pass will no longer stop trying to find a better alternative perfect layout up until a fixed time limit (100ms for level 1, 10 sec for level 2, and 60 sec for level 3) as doing this limited the reproducibility of compilation when a perfect layout was available. This means that the output when using the pass might be different than before, although in all cases it would only change if a lower noise set of qubits can be found over the previous output. If you wish to retain the previous behavior you can create a custom PassManager that sets the time_limit argument on the constructor for the VF2Layout pass.

Deprecation Notes
  • Calling timeline_drawer() with an unscheduled circuit has been deprecated. All circuits, even one consisting only of delay instructions, must be transpiled with the scheduling_method keyword argument of transpile() set, to generate schedule information being stored in QuantumCircuit.op_start_times.

  • The NetworkX converter functions for the DAGCircuit.to_networkx() and from_networkx(), along with the DAGDependency.to_networkx() method have been deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Qiskit has been using retworkx as its graph library since the qiskit-terra 0.12.0 release, and since then the networkx converter functions have been lossy. They were originally added so that users could leverage functionality in NetworkX's algorithms library not present in retworkx. Since that time, retworkx has matured and offers more functionality, and the DAGCircuit is tightly coupled to retworkx for its operation. Having these converter methods provides limited value moving forward and are therefore going to be removed in a future release.

  • Accessing several old toggles (HAS_MATPLOTLIB, HAS_PDFTOCAIRO, HAS_PYLATEX and HAS_PIL) from the qiskit.visualization module is now deprecated, and these import paths will be removed in a future version of Qiskit Terra. The same objects should instead be accessed through qiskit.utils.optionals, which contains testers for almost all of Terra's optional dependencies.

  • The qiskit.test.mock module is now deprecated. The fake backend and fake provider classes which were previously available in qiskit.test.mock have been accessible in qiskit.providers.fake_provider since Terra 0.20.0. This change represents a proper commitment to support the fake backend classes as part of Qiskit, whereas previously they were just part of the internal testing suite, and were exposed to users as a side effect.

  • The arguments' names when calling an Estimator or Sampler object as a function are renamed from circuit_indices and observable_indices to circuits and observables.

  • The qobj_id and qobj_header keyword arguments for the execute() function have been deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Since the removal of the BaseBackend class these arguments don't have any effect as no backend supports execution with a Qobj object directly and instead only work with QuantumCircuit objects directly.

  • The arguments x, z and label to the initializer of Pauli were documented as deprecated in Qiskit Terra 0.17, but a bug prevented the expected warning from being shown at runtime. The warning will now correctly show, and the arguments will be removed in Qiskit Terra 0.23 or later. A pair of x and z should be passed positionally as a single tuple (Pauli((z, x))). A string label should be passed positionally in the first argument (Pauli("XYZ")).

  • The SPSA.optimize() method is deprecated in favor of SPSA.minimize(), which can be used as direct replacement. Note that this method returns a complete result object with more information than before available.

  • The circuits argument of qpy.dump() has been deprecated and replaced with programs since now QPY supports multiple data types other than circuits.

  • AlignmentKind.to_dict() method has been deprecated and will be removed.

Bug Fixes
  • Extra validation was added to DiagonalGate to check the argument has modulus one.

  • Duplicate qubit indices given to SparsePauliOp.from_sparse_list() will now correctly raise an error, instead of silently overwriting previous values. The old behavior can be accessed by passing the new keyword argument do_checks=False.

  • The timeline_drawer() visualization will no longer misalign classical register slots.

  • Parameter validation for GaussianSquare is now consistent before and after construction. Refer to #7882 for more details.

  • Fixed a bug in which the LaTeX statevector drawer ignored the max_size parameter.

  • Fixed support for QPY serialization (qpy.dump()) and deserialization (qpy.load()) of a QuantumCircuit object containing controlled gates with an open control state. Previously, the open control state would be lost by the serialization process and the reconstructed circuit.

  • Fixed QuantumCircuit.reverse_bits() with circuits containing registerless Qubit and Clbit. For example, the following will now work:

    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumCircuit, Qubit, Clbit
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit([Qubit(), Clbit()])
    qc.h(0).c_if(qc.clbits[0], 0)
    qc.reverse_bits()
    
  • Fixed the ConfigurableFakeBackend.t2 attribute, which was previously incorrectly set based on the provided t1 value.

  • Fixed a bug in plot_histogram() when the number_to_keep argument was smaller that the number of keys. The following code will no longer throw errors and will be properly aligned:

    from qiskit.visualization import plot_histogram
    data = {'00': 3, '01': 5, '11': 8, '10': 11}
    plot_histogram(data, number_to_keep=2)
    
  • Improved the performance of building and working with parameterized QuantumCircuit instances with many gates that share a relatively small number of parameters.

  • The OpenQASM 3 exporter (qiskit.qasm3) will no longer attempt to produce definitions for non-standard gates in the basis_gates option.

  • Fixed the getter of OptimizerResult.nit, which previously returned the number of Jacobian evaluations instead of the number of iterations.

  • Fixed a bug in the string representation of Result objects that caused the attributes to be specified incorrectly.

  • Fixed an issue with transpile() where in some cases providing a list of basis gate strings with the basis_gates keyword argument or implicitly via a Target input via the target keyword argument would not be interpreted correctly and result in a subset of the listed gates being used for each circuit.

  • Fixed an issue in the UnitarySynthesis transpiler pass which would result in an error when a Target that didn't have any qubit restrictions on the operations (e.g. in the case of an ideal simulator target) was specified with the target keyword argument for the constructor.

  • The method qiskit.result.marginal_counts(), when passed a Result from a pulse backend, would fail, because it contains an array of ExperimentResult objects, each of which have an QobjExperimentHeader, and those ExperimentHeaders lack creg_sizes instance-variables. If the Result came from a simulator backend (e.g. Aer), that instance-variable would be there. We fix marginal_counts so that it skips logic that needs creg_sizes if the field is not present, or non-None.

  • The OpenQASM 2 exporter (QuantumCircuit.qasm()) will now correctly define the qubit parameters for UnitaryGate operations that do not affect all the qubits they are defined over. Fixed #8224.

  • Fixed an issue with reproducibility of the transpile() function when running with optimization_level 1, 2, and 3. Previously, under some conditions when there were multiple perfect layouts (a layout that doesn't require any SWAP gates) available the selected layout and output circuit could vary regardless of whether the seed_transpiler argument was set.

Aer 0.10.4

No change

IBM Q Provider 0.19.2

Bug Fixes
  • In the upcoming terra release there will be a release candidate tagged prior to the final release. However changing the version string for the package is blocked on the qiskit-ibmq-provider right now because it is trying to parse the version and is assuming there will be no prelease suffix on the version string (see #8200 for the details). PR #1135 fixes this version parsing to use the regex from the pypa/packaging project which handles all the PEP440 package versioning include pre-release suffixes. This will enable terra to release an 0.21.0rc1 tag without breaking the qiskit-ibmq-provider.

  • threading.currentThread and notifyAll were deprecated in Python 3.10 (October 2021) and will be removed in Python 3.12 (October 2023). PR #1133 replaces them with threading.current_thread, notify_all added in Python 2.6 (October 2008).

Qiskit 0.36.2

Terra 0.20.2

Prelude

Qiskit Terra 0.20.2 is a bugfix release, addressing some minor issues identified since the last patch release.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue with BackendV2-based fake backend classes from the qiskit.providers.fake_provider module such as FakeMontrealV2, where the values for the dtm and dt attributes and the associated attribute Target.dt would not be properly converted to seconds. This would cause issues when using these fake backends with scheduling. See #8018.

  • marginal_counts() will now succeed when asked to marginalize memory with an indices parameter containing non-zero elements. Previously, shots whose hexadecimal result representation was sufficiently small could raise a ValueError. See #8044.

  • The OpenQASM 3 exporter (qiskit.qasm3) will now output input or output declarations before gate declarations. This is more consistent with the current reference ANTLR grammar from the OpenQASM 3 team. See #7964.

  • Fixed a bug in the RZXCalibrationBuilder transpiler pass where the scaled cross-resonance pulse amplitude could appear to be parametrized even after assignment. This could cause the pulse visualization tools to use the parametrized format instead of the expected numeric one. See #8031.

  • Fixed an issue with the transpile() function when run with a BackendV2-based backend and setting the scheduling_method keyword argument. Previously, the function would not correctly process the default durations of the instructions supported by the backend which would lead to an error.

  • Fixed a bug in the RZXCalibrationBuilder transpiler pass that was causing pulses to sometimes be constructed with incorrect durations. See #7994.

  • The SabreSwap transpiler pass, used in transpile() when routing_method="sabre" is set, will no longer sporadically drop classically conditioned gates and their successors from circuits during the routing phase of transpilation. See #8040.

  • Statevector will now allow direct iteration through its values (such as for coefficient in statevector) and correctly report its length under len. Previously it would try and and access out-of-bounds data and raise a QiskitError. See #8039.

Aer 0.10.4

No change

Ignis 0.7.1

Prelude

This is a bugfix release that primarily fixes a packaging issue that was causing the docs/ directory, which contains the source files used to build the qiskit-ignis documentation, to get included in the Python package.

IBM Q Provider 0.19.1

No change

Qiskit 0.36.1

Terra 0.20.1

Prelude

Qiskit Terra 0.20.1 is a bugfix release resolving issues identified in release 0.20.0.

Known Issues
  • QPY deserialization with the qpy.load() function of a directly instantiated UCPauliRotGate object in a circuit will fail because the rotation axis argument to the class isn't stored in a standard place. To workaround this you can instead use the subclasses: UCRXGate, UCRYGate, or UCRZGate (based on whether you're using a rotation axis of "X", "Y", or "Z" respectively) which embeds the rotation axis in the class constructor and will work correctly in QPY.

  • Since its original introduction in Qiskit Terra 0.20, XXPlusYYGate has used a negative angle convention compared to all other rotation gates. In Qiskit Terra 0.21, this will be corrected to be consistent with the other rotation gates. This does not affect any other rotation gates, nor XXMinusYYGate.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed Clifford, Pauli and CNOTDihedral operator initialization from compatible circuits that contain Delay instructions. These instructions are treated as identities when converting to operators.

  • Fixed an issue where the eval_observables() function would raise an error if its quantum_state argument was of type StateFn. eval_observables now correctly supports all input types denoted by its type hints.

  • Fixed an issue with the visualization function dag_drawer() and method DAGCircuit.draw() where previously the drawer would fail when attempting to generate a visualization for a DAGCircuit object that contained a Qubit or Clbit which wasn't part of a QuantumRegister or ClassicalRegister. Fixed #7915.

  • Fixed parameter validation for class Drag. Previously, it was not sensitive to large beta values with negative signs, which may have resulted in waveform samples with a maximum value exceeding the amplitude limit of 1.0.

  • The QuantumInstance class used by many algorithms (like VQE) was hard-coding the value for a sleep while it looped waiting for the job status to be updated. It now respects the configured sleep value as set per the wait attribute in the initializer of QuantumInstance.

  • Fixed an issue with the schedule function where callers specifying a list of QuantumCircuit objects with a single entry would incorrectly be returned a single Schedule object instead of a list.

  • Fixed an issue with the plot_error_map visualization function which prevented it from working when run with a backend that had readout error defined in the provided backend's BackendProperties or when running with a BackendV2 backend. Fixed #7879.

  • Fixed a bug that could result in exponential runtime and nontermination when a Pauli instance is given to method init_observables().

  • Fixed SabreSwap, and by extension transpile() with optimization_level=3, occasionally re-ordering measurements invalidly. Previously, if two measurements wrote to the same classical bit, SabreSwap could (depending on the coupling map) re-order them to produce a non-equivalent circuit. This behaviour was stochastic, so may not have appeared reliably. Fixed #7950

  • The SabreSwap transpiler pass, and by extension SabreLayout and transpile() at optimization_level=3, now has an escape mechanism to guarantee that it can never get stuck in an infinite loop. Certain inputs previously could, with a great amount of bad luck, get stuck in a stable local minimum of the search space and the pass would never make further progress. It will now force a series of swaps that allow the routing to continue if it detects it has not made progress recently. Fixed #7707.

  • Fixed an issue with QPY deserialization via the qpy.load() function of the UCRXGate, UCRYGate, and UCRZGate classes. Previously, a QPY file that contained any of these gates would error when trying to load the file. Fixed #7847.

Aer 0.10.4

No change

Ignis 0.7.0

No change

IBM Q Provider 0.19.1

0.19.1

Bug Fixes
  • PR #1129 updates least_busy() method to no longer support BaseBackend as a valid input or output type since it has been long deprecated in qiskit-terra and has recently been removed.

Qiskit 0.36.0

Terra 0.20.0

No change

Aer 0.10.4

Upgrade Notes
  • Qiskit Aer is no longer compiled with unsafe floating-point optimisations. While most of the effects should have been localised to Qiskit Aer, some aspects of subnormal handling may previously have been leaked into user code by the library incorrectly setting the "flush to zero" mode. This will not happen any more.

Bug Fixes
  • Fix cache blocking transpiler to recognize superop to be cache blocked. This is fix for issue 1479 <https://github.com/Qiskit/qiskit-aer/issues/1479> now density_matrix with noise models can be parallelized. New test, test_noise.TestNoise.test_kraus_gate_noise_on_QFT_cache_blocking is added to verify this issue. Also this fix include fix for issue 1483 <https://github.com/Qiskit/qiskit-aer/issues/1483> discovered by adding new test case. This fixes measure over chunks for statevector.

  • Fixes a bug in NoiseModel.from_backend() that raised an error when T2 value greater than 2 * T1 was supplied by the backend. After this fix, it becomes to truncate T2 value up to 2 * T1 and issue a user warning if truncates. The bug was introduced at #1391 and, before that, NoiseModel.from_backend() had truncated the T2 value up to 2 * T1 silently.

    See Issue 1464 for details.

  • device=Thrust was very slow for small number of qubits because OpenMP threading was always applied. This fix applies OpenMP threads as same as device=CPU by using statevector_parallel_threshold.

  • Qiskit Aer will no longer set the floating-point mode to "flush to zero" when loaded. Downstream users may previously have seen warnings from Numpy such as:

    The value of the smallest subnormal for <class 'numpy.float64'> type is zero.

    These will now no longer be emitted, and the floating-point handling will be correct.

  • Fixed a potential issue with running simulations on circuits that have the QuantumCircuit.metadata attribute set. The metadata attribute can be any python dictionary and previously qiskit-aer would attempt to JSON serialize the contents of the attribute to process it with the rest of the rest of the circuit input, even if the contents were not JSON serializable. This no longer occurs as the QuantumCircuit.metadata attribute is not used to run the simulation so now the contents are no serialized and instead are directly attached to the qiskit.result.Result object without attempting to JSON serialize the contents. Fixed #1435

Ignis 0.7.0

No change

IBM Q Provider 0.19.0

New Features
  • The qiskit-ibmq-provider package now supports IBM Quantum LiveData features. These features allow users to observe the real-time behavior of IBM Quantum backends while executing jobs. Specifically, the provider now includes a new tab in the backend Jupyter-related widget and supports the execution of jobs (via qiskit.providers.ibmq.IBMQBackend.run() method) with the live_data_enabled=True parameter in allowed IBM Quantum backends.

  • You can now specify a different logging level in the options keyword when submitting a Qiskit Runtime job with the qiskit.providers.ibmq.runtime.IBMRuntimeService.run() method.

Upgrade Notes
  • Python 3.6 support has been dropped since it has reached end of life in Dec 2021.

  • qiskit.providers.ibmq.random, the random number service which was used to access the CQC randomness extractor is no longer supported and has been removed.

Deprecation Notes
Bug Fixes

Qiskit 0.35.0

Terra 0.20.0

Prelude

The Qiskit Terra 0.20.0 release highlights are:

  • The introduction of multithreaded modules written in Rust to accelerate the performance of certain portions of Qiskit Terra and improve scaling with larger numbers of qubits. However, when building Qiskit from source a Rust compiler is now required.

  • More native support for working with a Target in the transpiler. Several passes now support working directly with a Target object which makes the transpiler robust in the types of backends it can target.

  • The introduction of the qiskit.primitives module. These APIs provide different abstraction levels for computing outputs of interest from QuantumCircuit and using backends. For example, the BaseEstimator defines an abstract interface for estimating an expectation value of an observable. This can then be used to construct higher level algorithms and applications that are built using the estimation of expectation values without having to worry about the implementation of computing the expectation value. This decoupling allows the implementation to improve in speed and quality while adhering to the defined abstract interface. Likewise, the BaseSampler computes quasi-probability distributions from circuit measurements. Other primitives will be introduced in the future.

This release no longer has support for Python 3.6. With this release, Python 3.7 through Python 3.10 are required.

New Features
  • Added a new constructor method for the Operator class, Operator.from_circuit() for creating a new Operator object from a QuantumCircuit. While this was possible normally using the default constructor, the Operator.from_circuit() method provides additional options to adjust how the operator is created. Primarily this lets you permute the qubit order based on a set Layout. For, example:

    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit import transpile
    from qiskit.transpiler import CouplingMap
    from qiskit.quantum_info import Operator
    
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(3)
    circuit.h(0)
    circuit.cx(0, 1)
    circuit.cx(1, 2)
    
    cmap = CouplingMap.from_line(3)
    out_circuit = transpile(circuit, initial_layout=[2, 1, 0], coupling_map=cmap)
    operator = Operator.from_circuit(out_circuit)
    

    the operator variable will have the qubits permuted based on the layout so that it is identical to what is returned by Operator(circuit) before transpilation.

  • Added a new method DAGCircuit.copy_empty_like() to the DAGCircuit class. This method is used to create a new copy of an existing DAGCircuit object with the same structure but empty of any instructions. This method is the same as the private method _copy_circuit_metadata(), but instead is now part of the public API of the class.

  • The fake backend and fake provider classes which were previously available in qiskit.test.mock are now also accessible in a new module: qiskit.providers.fake_provider. This new module supersedes the previous module qiskit.test.mock which will be deprecated in Qiskit 0.21.0.

  • Added a new gate class, LinearFunction, that efficiently encodes a linear function (i.e. a function that can be represented by a sequence of CXGate and SwapGate gates).

  • FlowController classes (such as ConditionalController) can now be nested inside a PassManager instance when using the PassManager.append() method. This enables the use of nested logic to control the execution of passes in the PassManager. For example:

    from qiskit.transpiler import ConditionalController, PassManager
    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import (
      BasisTranslator, GatesInBasis, Optimize1qGatesDecomposition, FixedPoint, Depth
    )
    from qiskit.circuit.equivalence_library import SessionEquivalenceLibrary as sel
    
    pm = PassManager()
    
    def opt_control(property_set):
        return not property_set["depth_fixed_point"]
    
    def unroll_condition(property_set):
        return not property_set["all_gates_in_basis"]
    
    depth_check = [Depth(), FixedPoint("depth")]
    opt = [Optimize1qGatesDecomposition(['rx', 'ry', 'rz', 'rxx'])]
    unroll = [BasisTranslator(sel, ['rx', 'ry', 'rz', 'rxx'])]
    unroll_check = [GatesInBasis(['rx', 'ry', 'rz', 'rxx'])]
    flow_unroll = [ConditionalController(unroll, condition=unroll_condition)]
    
    pm.append(depth_check + opt + unroll_check + flow_unroll, do_while=opt_control)
    

    The pm PassManager object will only execute the BasisTranslator pass (in the unroll step) in each loop iteration if the unroll_condition is met.

  • The constructors for the ZFeatureMap and ZZFeatureMap classes have a new keyword argument parameter_prefix. This new argument is used to set the prefix of parameters of the data encoding circuit. For example:

    from qiskit.circuit.library import ZFeatureMap
    
    feature_map = ZFeatureMap(feature_dimension=4, parameter_prefix="my_prefix")
    feature_map.decompose().draw('mpl')
    
    _images/release_notes_6_0.png

    the generated ZFeatureMap circuit has prefixed all its internal parameters with the prefix "my_prefix".

  • The TemplateOptimization transpiler pass can now work with Gate objects that have ParameterExpression parameters. An illustrative example of using Parameters with TemplateOptimization is the following:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit, transpile, schedule
    from qiskit.circuit import Parameter
    
    from qiskit.transpiler import PassManager
    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import TemplateOptimization
    
    # New contributions to the template optimization
    from qiskit.transpiler.passes.calibration import RZXCalibrationBuilder, rzx_templates
    
    from qiskit.test.mock import FakeCasablanca
    backend = FakeCasablanca()
    
    phi = Parameter('φ')
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit(2)
    qc.cx(0,1)
    qc.p(2*phi, 1)
    qc.cx(0,1)
    print('Original circuit:')
    print(qc)
    
    pass_ = TemplateOptimization(**rzx_templates.rzx_templates(['zz2']))
    qc_cz = PassManager(pass_).run(qc)
    print('ZX based circuit:')
    print(qc_cz)
    
    # Add the calibrations
    pass_ = RZXCalibrationBuilder(backend)
    cal_qc = PassManager(pass_).run(qc_cz.bind_parameters({phi: 0.12}))
    
    # Transpile to the backend basis gates
    cal_qct = transpile(cal_qc, backend)
    qct = transpile(qc.bind_parameters({phi: 0.12}), backend)
    
    # Compare the schedule durations
    print('Duration of schedule with the calibration:')
    print(schedule(cal_qct, backend).duration)
    print('Duration of standard with two CNOT gates:')
    print(schedule(qct, backend).duration)
    

    outputs

    Original circuit:
    
    q_0: ──■──────────────■──
         ┌─┴─┐┌────────┐┌─┴─┐
    q_1: ┤ X ├┤ P(2*φ) ├┤ X ├
         └───┘└────────┘└───┘
    ZX based circuit:
                                             ┌─────────────┐            »
    q_0: ────────────────────────────────────┤0            ├────────────»
         ┌──────────┐┌──────────┐┌──────────┐│  Rzx(2.0*φ) │┌──────────┐»
    q_1: ┤ Rz(-π/2) ├┤ Rx(-π/2) ├┤ Rz(-π/2) ├┤1            ├┤ Rx(-2*φ) ├»
         └──────────┘└──────────┘└──────────┘└─────────────┘└──────────┘»
    «
    «q_0: ────────────────────────────────────────────────
    «     ┌──────────┐┌──────────┐┌──────────┐┌──────────┐
    «q_1: ┤ Rz(-π/2) ├┤ Rx(-π/2) ├┤ Rz(-π/2) ├┤ P(2.0*φ) ├
    «     └──────────┘└──────────┘└──────────┘└──────────┘
    Duration of schedule with the calibration:
    1600
    Duration of standard with two CNOT gates:
    6848
    
  • The DAGOpNode, DAGInNode and DAGOutNode classes now define a custom __repr__ method which outputs a representation. Per the Python documentation the output is a string representation that is roughly equivalent to the Python string used to create an equivalent object.

  • The performance of the SparsePauliOp.simplify() method has greatly improved by replacing the use of numpy.unique to compute unique elements of an array by a new similar function implemented in Rust that doesn't pre-sort the array.

  • Added a new method equiv() to the SparsePauliOp class for testing the equivalence of a SparsePauliOp with another SparsePauliOp object. Unlike the == operator which compares operators element-wise, equiv() compares whether two operators are equivalent or not. For example:

    op = SparsePauliOp.from_list([("X", 1), ("Y", 1)])
    op2 = SparsePauliOp.from_list([("X", 1), ("Y", 1), ("Z", 0)])
    op3 = SparsePauliOp.from_list([("Y", 1), ("X", 1)])
    
    print(op == op2)  # False
    print(op == op3)  # False
    print(op.equiv(op2))  # True
    print(op.equiv(op3))  # True
    
  • Added new fake backend classes from snapshots of the IBM Quantum systems based on the BackendV2 interface and provided a Target for each backend. BackendV2 based versions of all the existing backends are added except for three old backends FakeRueschlikon, FakeTenerife and FakeTokyo as they do not have snapshots files available which are required for creating a new fake backend class based on BackendV2.

    These new V2 fake backends will enable testing and development of new features introduced by BackendV2 and Target such as improving the transpiler.

  • Added a new gate class XXMinusYYGate to the circuit library (qiskit.circuit.library) for the XX-YY interaction. This gate can be used to implement the bSwap gate and its powers. It also arises in the simulation of superconducting fermionic models.

  • The FakeBogota, FakeManila, FakeRome, and FakeSantiago fake backends which can be found in the qiskit.providers.fake_provider module can now be used as backends in Pulse experiments as they now include a PulseDefaults created from a snapshot of the equivalent IBM Quantum machine's properties.

  • The ConsolidateBlocks pass has a new keyword argument on its constructor, target. This argument is used to specify a Target object representing the compilation target for the pass. If it is specified it supersedes the basis_gates kwarg. If a target is specified, the pass will respect the gates and qubits for the instructions defined in the Target when deciding which gates to consolidate into a unitary.

  • The Target class has a new method, instruction_supported() which is used to query the target to see if an instruction (the combination of an operation and the qubit(s) it is executed on) is supported on the backend modelled by the Target.

  • Added a new kwarg, metadata_serializer, to the qpy.dump() function for specifying a custom JSONEncoder subclass for use when serializing the QuantumCircuit.metadata attribute and a dual kwarg metadata_deserializer to the qpy.load() function for specifying a JSONDecoder subclass. By default the dump() and load() functions will attempt to JSON serialize and deserialize with the stdlib default json encoder and decoder. Since QuantumCircuit.metadata can contain any Python dictionary, even those with contents not JSON serializable by the default encoder, will lead to circuits that can't be serialized. The new metadata_serializer argument for dump() enables users to specify a custom JSONEncoder that will be used with the internal json.dump() call for serializing the QuantumCircuit.metadata dictionary. This can then be paired with the new metadata_deserializer argument of the qpy.load() function to decode those custom JSON encodings. If metadata_serializer is specified on dump() but metadata_deserializer is not specified on load() calls the QPY will be loaded, but the circuit metadata may not be reconstructed fully.

    For example if you wanted to define a custom serialization for metadata and then load it you can do something like:

    from qiskit.qpy import dump, load
    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumCircuit, Parameter
    import json
    import io
    
    class CustomObject:
        """Custom string container object."""
    
        def __init__(self, string):
            self.string = string
    
        def __eq__(self, other):
            return self.string == other.string
    
    class CustomSerializer(json.JSONEncoder):
        """Custom json encoder to handle CustomObject."""
    
        def default(self, o):
            if isinstance(o, CustomObject):
                return {"__type__": "Custom", "value": o.string}
            return json.JSONEncoder.default(self, o)
    
    class CustomDeserializer(json.JSONDecoder):
        """Custom json decoder to handle CustomObject."""
    
        def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
            super().__init__(*args, object_hook=self.object_hook, **kwargs)
    
        def object_hook(self, o):
            """Hook to override default decoder."""
            if "__type__" in o:
                obj_type = o["__type__"]
                if obj_type == "Custom":
                    return CustomObject(o["value"])
            return o
    
    theta = Parameter("theta")
    qc = QuantumCircuit(2, global_phase=theta)
    qc.h(0)
    qc.cx(0, 1)
    qc.measure_all()
    circuits = [qc, qc.copy()]
    circuits[0].metadata = {"key": CustomObject("Circuit 1")}
    circuits[1].metadata = {"key": CustomObject("Circuit 2")}
    with io.BytesIO() as qpy_buf:
        dump(circuits, qpy_buf, metadata_serializer=CustomSerializer)
        qpy_buf.seek(0)
        new_circuits = load(qpy_buf, metadata_deserializer=CustomDeserializer)
    
  • The DenseLayout pass has a new keyword argument on its constructor, target. This argument is used to specify a Target object representing the compilation target for the pass. If it is specified it supersedes the other arguments on the constructor, coupling_map and backend_prop.

  • The Target class has a new method, operation_names_for_qargs(). This method is used to get the operation names (i.e. lookup key in the target) for the operations on a given qargs tuple.

  • A new pass DynamicalDecouplingPadding has been added to the qiskit.transpiler.passes module. This new pass supersedes the existing DynamicalDecoupling pass to work with the new scheduling workflow in the transpiler. It is a subclass of the BasePadding pass and depends on having scheduling and alignment analysis passes run prior to it in a PassManager. This new pass can take a pulse_alignment argument which represents a hardware constraint for waveform start timing. The spacing between gates comprising a dynamical decoupling sequence is now adjusted to satisfy this constraint so that the circuit can be executed on hardware with the constraint. This value is usually found in BackendConfiguration.timing_constraints. Additionally the pass also has an extra_slack_distribution option has been to control how to distribute the extra slack when the duration of the created dynamical decoupling sequence is shorter than the idle time of your circuit that you want to fill with the sequence. This defaults to middle which is identical to conventional behavior. The new strategy split_edges evenly divide the extra slack into the beginning and end of the sequence, rather than adding it to the interval in the middle of the sequence. This might result in better noise cancellation especially when pulse_alignment > 1.

  • The Z2Symmetries class now exposes the threshold tolerances used to chop small real and imaginary parts of coefficients. With this one can control how the coefficients of the tapered operator are simplified. For example:

    from qiskit.opflow import Z2Symmetries
    from qiskit.quantum_info import Pauli
    
    z2_symmetries = Z2Symmetries(
        symmetries=[Pauli("IIZI"), Pauli("IZIZ"), Pauli("ZIII")],
        sq_paulis=[Pauli("IIXI"), Pauli("IIIX"), Pauli("XIII")],
        sq_list=[1, 0, 3],
        tapering_values=[1, -1, -1],
        tol=1e-10,
    )
    

    By default, coefficients are chopped with a tolerance of tol=1e-14.

  • Added a chop() method to the SparsePauliOp class that truncates real and imaginary parts of coefficients individually. This is different from the SparsePauliOp.simplify() method which removes a coefficient only if the absolute value is close to 0. For example:

    >>> from qiskit.quantum_info import SparsePauliOp
    >>> op = SparsePauliOp(["X", "Y", "Z"], coeffs=[1+1e-17j, 1e-17+1j, 1e-17])
    >>> op.simplify()
    SparsePauliOp(['X', 'Y'],
                  coeffs=[1.e+00+1.e-17j, 1.e-17+1.e+00j])
    >>> op.chop()
    SparsePauliOp(['X', 'Y'],
                  coeffs=[1.+0.j, 0.+1.j])
    

    Note that the chop method does not accumulate the coefficents of the same Paulis, e.g.

    >>> op = SparsePauliOp(["X", "X"], coeffs=[1+1e-17j, 1e-17+1j)
    >>> op.chop()
    SparsePauliOp(['X', 'X'],
                  coeffs=[1.+0.j, 0.+1.j])
    
  • Added a new kwarg, target, to the constructor for the GatesInBasis transpiler pass. This new argument can be used to optionally specify a Target object that represents the backend. When set this Target will be used for determining whether a DAGCircuit contains gates outside the basis set and the basis_gates argument will not be used.

  • Added partial support for running on ppc64le and s390x Linux platforms. This release will start publishing pre-compiled binaries for ppc64le and s390x Linux platforms on all Python versions. However, unlike other supported platforms not all of Qiskit's upstream dependencies support these platforms yet. So a C/C++ compiler may be required to build and install these dependencies and a simple pip install qiskit-terra with just a working Python environment will not be sufficient to install Qiskit. Additionally, these same constraints prevent us from testing the pre-compiled wheels before publishing them, so the same guarantees around platform support that exist for the other platforms don't apply here.

  • The Gradient and QFI classes can now calculate the imaginary part of expectation value gradients. When using a different measurement basis, i.e. -Y instead of Z, we can measure the imaginary part of gradients The measurement basis can be set with the aux_meas_op argument.

    For the gradients, aux_meas_op = Z computes 0.5Re[(⟨ψ(ω)|)O(θ)|dωψ(ω)〉] and aux_meas_op = -Y computes 0.5Im[(⟨ψ(ω)|)O(θ)|dωψ(ω)〉]. For the QFIs, aux_meas_op = Z computes 4Re[(dω⟨<ψ(ω)|)(dω|ψ(ω)〉)] and aux_meas_op = -Y computes 4Im[(dω⟨<ψ(ω)|)(dω|ψ(ω)〉)]. For example:

    from qiskit import QuantumRegister, QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.opflow import CircuitStateFn, Y
    from qiskit.opflow.gradients.circuit_gradients import LinComb
    from qiskit.circuit import Parameter
    
    a = Parameter("a")
    b = Parameter("b")
    params = [a, b]
    
    q = QuantumRegister(1)
    qc = QuantumCircuit(q)
    qc.h(q)
    qc.rz(params[0], q[0])
    qc.rx(params[1], q[0])
    op = CircuitStateFn(primitive=qc, coeff=1.0)
    
    aux_meas_op = -Y
    
    prob_grad = LinComb(aux_meas_op=aux_meas_op).convert(operator=op, params=params)
    
  • The InstructionDurations class now has support for working with parameters of an instruction. Each entry in an InstructionDurations object now consists of a tuple of (inst_name, qubits, duration, parameters, unit). This enables an InstructionDurations to define durations for an instruction given a certain parameter value to account for different durations with different parameter values on an instruction that takes a numeric parameter.

  • Added a new value for the style keyword argument on the circuit drawer function circuit_drawer() and QuantumCircuit.draw() method, iqx_dark. When style is set to iqx_dark with the mpl drawer backend, the output visualization will use a color scheme similar to the the dark mode color scheme used by the IBM Quantum composer. For example:

    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumCircuit
    from matplotlib.pyplot import show
    
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(2)
    circuit.h(0)
    circuit.cx(0, 1)
    circuit.p(0.2, 1)
    
    circuit.draw("mpl", style="iqx-dark")
    
    _images/release_notes_7_0.png
  • Several lazy dependency checkers have been added to the new module qiskit.utils.optionals, which can be used to query if certain Qiskit functionality is available. For example, you can ask if Qiskit has detected the presence of matplotlib by asking if qiskit.utils.optionals.HAS_MATPLOTLIB. These objects only attempt to import their dependencies when they are queried, so you can use them in runtime code without affecting import time.

  • Import time for qiskit has been significantly improved, especially for those with many of Qiskit Terra's optional dependencies installed.

  • The marginal_counts() function now supports marginalizing the memory field of an input Result object. For example, if the input result argument is a qiskit Result object obtained from a 4-qubit measurement we can marginalize onto the first qubit with:

    print(result.results[0].data.memory)
    marginal_result = marginal_counts(result, [0])
    print(marginal_result.results[0].data.memory)
    

    The output is:

    ['0x0', '0x1', '0x2', '0x3', '0x4', '0x5', '0x6', '0x7']
    ['0x0', '0x1', '0x0', '0x1', '0x0', '0x1', '0x0', '0x1']
    
  • The internals of the StochasticSwap algorithm have been reimplemented to be multithreaded and are now written in the Rust programming language instead of Cython. This significantly increases the run time performance of the compiler pass and by extension transpile() when run with optimization_level 0, 1, and 2. By default the pass will use up to the number of logical CPUs on your local system but you can control the number of threads used by the pass by setting the RAYON_NUM_THREADS environment variable to an integer value. For example, setting RAYON_NUM_THREADS=4 will run the StochasticSwap with 4 threads.

  • A new environment variable QISKIT_FORCE_THREADS is available for users to directly control whether potentially multithreaded portions of Qiskit's code will run in multiple threads. Currently this is only used by the StochasticSwap transpiler pass but it likely will be used other parts of Qiskit in the future. When this env variable is set to TRUE any multithreaded code in Qiskit Terra will always use multiple threads regardless of any other runtime conditions that might have otherwise caused the function to use a single threaded variant. For example, in StochasticSwap if the pass is being run as part of a transpile() call with > 1 circuit that is being executed in parallel with multiprocessing via parallel_map() the StochasticSwap will not use multiple threads to avoid potentially oversubscribing CPU resources. However, if you'd like to use multiple threads in the pass along with multiple processes you can set QISKIT_FORCE_THREADS=TRUE.

  • New fake backend classes are available under qiskit.providers.fake_provider. These include mocked versions of ibm_cairo, ibm_hanoi, ibmq_kolkata, ibm_nairobi, and ibm_washington. As with the other fake backends, these include snapshots of calibration and error data taken from the real system, and can be used for local testing, compilation and simulation.

  • Introduced a new class StatePreparation. This class allows users to prepare a desired state in the same fashion as Initialize without the reset being automatically applied.

    For example, to prepare a qubit in the state \((|0\rangle - |1\rangle) / \sqrt{2}\):

    import numpy as np
    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(1)
    circuit.prepare_state([1/np.sqrt(2), -1/np.sqrt(2)], 0)
    circuit.draw()
    

    The output is as:

         ┌─────────────────────────────────────┐
    q_0: ┤ State Preparation(0.70711,-0.70711) ├
         └─────────────────────────────────────┘
    
  • The Optimize1qGates transpiler pass now has support for optimizing U1Gate, U2Gate, and PhaseGate gates with unbound parameters in a circuit. Previously, if these gates had unbound parameters the pass would not use them. For example:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.circuit import Parameter
    from qiskit.transpiler import PassManager
    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import Optimize1qGates, Unroller
    
    phi = Parameter('φ')
    alpha = Parameter('α')
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit(1)
    qc.u1(2*phi, 0)
    qc.u1(alpha, 0)
    qc.u1(0.1, 0)
    qc.u1(0.2, 0)
    
    pm = PassManager([Unroller(['u1', 'cx']), Optimize1qGates()])
    nqc = pm.run(qc)
    

    will be combined to the circuit with only one single-qubit gate:

    qc = QuantumCircuit(1)
    qc.u1(2*phi + alpha + 0.3, 0)
    
  • The methods Pauli.evolve() and PauliList.evolve() now have a new keyword argument, frame, which is used to perform an evolution of a Pauli by a Clifford. If frame='h' (default) then it does the Heisenberg picture evolution of a Pauli by a Clifford (\(P' = C^\dagger P C\)), and if frame='s' then it does the Schrödinger picture evolution of a Pauli by a Clifford (\(P' = C P C^\dagger\)). The latter option yields a faster calculation, and is also useful in certain cases. This new option makes the calculation of the greedy Clifford decomposition method in decompose_clifford significantly faster.

  • Added a new module to Qiskit: qiskit.primitives. The primitives module is where APIs are defined which provide different abstractions around computing certain common functions from QuantumCircuit which abstracts away the details of the underlying execution on a Backend. This enables higher level algorithms and applications to concentrate on performing the computation and not need to worry about the execution and processing of results and have a standardized interface for common computations. For example, estimating an expectation value of a quantum circuit and observable can be performed by any class implementing the BaseEstimator class and consumed in a standardized manner regardless of the underlying implementation. Applications can then be written using the primitive interface directly.

    To start the module contains two types of primitives, the Sampler (see BaseSampler for the abstract class definition) and Estimator (see BaseEstimator for the abstract class definition). Reference implementations are included in the qiskit.primitives module and are built using the qiskit.quantum_info module which perform ideal simulation of primitive operation. The expectation is that provider packages will offer their own implementations of these interfaces for providers which can efficiently implement the protocol natively (typically using a classical runtime). Additionally, in the future for providers which do not offer a native implementation of the primitives a method will be provided which will enable constructing primitive objects from a Backend.

  • Added a new module, qiskit.qpy, which contains the functionality previously exposed in qiskit.circuit.qpy_serialization. The public functions previously exposed at qiskit.circuit.qpy_serialization, dump() and load() are now available from this new module (although they are still accessible from qiskit.circuit.qpy_serialization but this will be deprecated in a future release). This new module was added in the interest of the future direction of the QPY file format, which in future versions will support representing pulse Schedule and ScheduleBlock objects in addition to the QuantumCircuit objects it supports today.

  • The basis search strategy in BasisTranslator transpiler pass has been modified into a variant of Dijkstra search which greatly improves the runtime performance of the pass when attempting to target an unreachable basis.

  • The DenseLayout transpiler pass is now multithreaded, which greatly improves the runtime performance of the pass. By default, it will use the number of logical CPUs on your local system, but you can control the number of threads used by the pass by setting the RAYON_NUM_THREADS environment variable to an integer value. For example, setting RAYON_NUM_THREADS=4 will run the DenseLayout pass with 4 threads.

  • The internal computations of Statevector.expectation_value() and DensityMatrix.expectation_value() methods have been reimplemented in the Rust programming language. This new implementation is multithreaded and by default for a Statevector or DensityMatrix >= 19 qubits will spawn a thread pool with the number of logical CPUs available on the local system. You can you can control the number of threads used by setting the RAYON_NUM_THREADS environment variable to an integer value. For example, setting RAYON_NUM_THREADS=4 will only use 4 threads in the thread pool.

  • Added a new SparsePauliOp.from_sparse_list() constructor that takes an iterable, where the elements represent Pauli terms that are themselves sparse, so that "XIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIX" can now be written as ("XX", [0, 16]). For example, the operator

    \[H = X_0 Z_3 + 2 Y_1 Y_4\]

    can now be constructed as

    op = SparsePauliOp.from_sparse_list([("XZ", [0, 3], 1), ("YY", [1, 4], 2)], num_qubits=5)
    # or equivalently, as previously
    op = SparsePauliOp.from_list([("IZIIX", 1), ("YIIYI", 2)])
    

    This facilitates the construction of very sparse operators on many qubits, as is often the case for Ising Hamiltonians.

  • The UnitarySynthesis transpiler pass has a new keyword argument on its constructor, target. This can be used to optionally specify a Target object which represents the compilation target for the pass. When it's specified it will supersede the values set for basis_gates, coupling_map, and backend_props.

  • The UnitarySynthesisPlugin abstract plugin class has a new optional attribute implementations can add, supports_target. If a plugin has this attribute set to True a Target object will be passed in the options payload under the target field. The expectation is that this Target object will be used in place of coupling_map, gate_lengths, basis_gates, and gate_errors.

  • Introduced a new transpiler pass workflow for building PassManager objects for scheduling QuantumCircuit objects in the transpiler. In the new workflow scheduling and alignment passes are all AnalysisPass objects that only update the property set of the pass manager, specifically new property set item node_start_time, which holds the absolute start time of each opnode. A separate TransformationPass such as PadDelay is subsequently used to apply scheduling to the DAG. This new workflow is both more efficient and can correct for additional timing constraints exposed by a backend.

    Previously, the pass chain would have been implemented as scheduling -> alignment which were both transform passes thus there were multiple DAGCircuit instances recreated during each pass. In addition, scheduling occured in each pass to obtain instruction start time. Now the required pass chain becomes scheduling -> alignment -> padding where the DAGCircuit update only occurs at the end with the padding pass.

    For those who are creating custom PassManager objects that involve circuit scheduling you will need to adjust your PassManager to insert one of the BasePadding passes (currently either PadDelay or PadDynamicalDecoupling can be used) at the end of the scheduling pass chain. Without the padding pass the scheduling passes will not be reflected in the output circuit of the run() method of your custom PassManager.

    For example, if you were previously building your PassManager with something like:

    from qiskit.transpiler import PassManager
    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import TimeUnitConversion, ALAPSchedule, ValidatePulseGates, AlignMeasures
    
    pm = PassManager()
    scheduling = [
        ALAPSchedule(instruction_durations), PadDelay()),
        ValidatePulseGates(granularity=timing_constraints.granularity, min_length=timing_constraints.min_length),
        AlignMeasures(alignment=timing_constraints.acquire_alignment),
    ]
    pm.append(scheduling)
    

    you can instead use:

    from qiskit.transpiler import PassManager
    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import TimeUnitConversion, ALAPScheduleAnalysis, ValidatePulseGates, AlignMeasures, PadDelay
    
    pm = PassManager()
    scheduling = [
        ALAPScheduleAnalysis(instruction_durations), PadDelay()),
        ConstrainedReschedule(acquire_alignment=timing_constraints.acquire_alignment, pulse_alignment=timing_constraints.pulse_alignment),
        ValidatePulseGates(granularity=timing_constraints.granularity, min_length=timing_constraints.min_length),
        PadDelay()
    ]
    pm.append(scheduling)
    

    which will both be more efficient and also align instructions based on any hardware constraints.

  • Added a new transpiler pass ConstrainedReschedule pass. The ConstrainedReschedule pass considers both hardware alignment constraints that can be definied in a BackendConfiguration object, pulse_alignment and acquire_alignment. This new class supersedes the previosuly existing AlignMeasures as it performs the same alignment (via the property set) for measurement instructions in addition to general instruction alignment. By setting the acquire_alignment constraint argument for the ConstrainedReschedule pass it is a drop-in replacement of AlignMeasures when paired with a new BasePadding pass.

  • Added two new transpiler passes ALAPScheduleAnalysis and ASAPScheduleAnalysis which superscede the ALAPSchedule and ASAPSchedule as part of the reworked transpiler workflow for schedling. The new passes perform the same scheduling but in the property set and relying on a BasePadding pass to adjust the circuit based on all the scheduling alignment analysis.

    The standard behavior of these passes also aligns timing ordering with the topological ordering of the DAG nodes. This change may affect the scheduling outcome if it includes conditional operations, or simultaneously measuring two qubits with the same classical register (edge-case). To reproduce conventional behavior, set clbit_write_latency identical to the measurement instruction length.

    For example, consider scheduling an input circuit like:

         ┌───┐┌─┐
    q_0: ┤ X ├┤M├──────────────
         └───┘└╥┘   ┌───┐
    q_1: ──────╫────┤ X ├──────
               ║    └─╥─┘   ┌─┐
    q_2: ──────╫──────╫─────┤M├
               ║ ┌────╨────┐└╥┘
    c: 1/══════╩═╡ c_0=0x1 ╞═╩═
               0 └─────────┘ 0
    
    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.transpiler import InstructionDurations, PassManager
    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import ALAPScheduleAnalysis, PadDelay, SetIOLatency
    from qiskit.visualization.timeline import draw
    
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(3, 1)
    circuit.x(0)
    circuit.measure(0, 0)
    circuit.x(1).c_if(0, 1)
    circuit.measure(2, 0)
    
    durations = InstructionDurations([("x", None, 160), ("measure", None, 800)])
    
    pm = PassManager(
        [
          SetIOLatency(clbit_write_latency=800, conditional_latency=0),
          ALAPScheduleAnalysis(durations),
          PadDelay(),
        ]
    )
    draw(pm.run(circuit))
    
    _images/release_notes_8_0.png

    As you can see in the timeline view, the measurement on q_2 starts before the conditional X gate on the q_1, which seems to be opposite to the topological ordering of the node. This is also expected behavior because clbit write-access happens at the end edge of the measure instruction, and the read-access of the conditional gate happens the begin edge of the instruction. Thus topological ordering is preserved on the timeslot of the classical register, which is not captured by the timeline view. However, this assumes a paticular microarchitecture design, and the circuit is not necessary scheduled like this.

    By using the default configuration of passes, the circuit is schedule like below.

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.transpiler import InstructionDurations, PassManager
    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import ALAPScheduleAnalysis, PadDelay
    from qiskit.visualization.timeline import draw
    
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(3, 1)
    circuit.x(0)
    circuit.measure(0, 0)
    circuit.x(1).c_if(0, 1)
    circuit.measure(2, 0)
    
    durations = InstructionDurations([("x", None, 160), ("measure", None, 800)])
    
    pm = PassManager([ALAPScheduleAnalysis(durations), PadDelay()])
    draw(pm.run(circuit))
    
    _images/release_notes_9_0.png

    Note that clbit is locked throughout the measurement instruction interval. This behavior is designed based on the Qiskit Pulse, in which the acquire instruction takes AcquireChannel and MemorySlot which are not allowed to overlap with other instructions, i.e. simultaneous memory access from the different instructions is prohibited. This also always aligns the timing ordering with the topological node ordering.

  • Added a new transpiler pass PadDynamicalDecoupling which supersedes the DynamicalDecoupling pass as part of the reworked transpiler workflow for scheduling. This new pass will insert dynamical decoupling sequences into the circuit per any scheduling and alignment analysis that occured in earlier passes.

  • The plot_gate_map() visualization function and the functions built on top of it, plot_error_map() and plot_circuit_layout(), have a new keyword argument, qubit_coordinates. This argument takes a sequence of 2D coordinates to use for plotting each qubit in the backend being visualized. If specified this sequence must have a length equal to the number of qubits on the backend and it will be used instead of the default behavior.

  • The plot_gate_map() visualization function and the functions built on top of it, plot_error_map() and plot_circuit_layout(), now are able to plot any backend not just those with the number of qubits equal to one of the IBM backends. This relies on the retworkx spring_layout() function to generate the layout for the visualization. If the default layout doesn't work with a backend's particular coupling graph you can use the qubit_coordinates function to set a custom layout.

  • Added a new transpiler pass, SetIOLatency. This pass takes two arguments clbit_write_latency and conditional_latency to define the I/O latency for classical bits and classical conditions on a backend. This pass will then define these values on the pass manager's property set to enable subsequent scheduling and alignment passes to correct for these latencies and provide a more presice scheduling output of a dynamic circuit.

  • A new transpiler pass PadDelay has been added. This pass fills idle time on the qubit wires with Delay instructions. This pass is part of the new workflow for scheduling passes in the transpiler and depends on a scheduling analysis pass (such as ALAPScheduleAnalysis or ASAPScheduleAnalysis) and any alignment passes (such as ConstrainedReschedule) to be run prior to PadDelay.

  • The VF2Layout transpiler pass has a new keyword argument, target which is used to provide a Target object for the pass. When specified, the Target will be used by the pass for all information about the target device. If it is specified, the target option will take priority over the coupling_map and properties arguments.

  • Allow callables as optimizers in VQE and QAOA. Now, the optimizer can either be one of Qiskit's optimizers, such as SPSA or a callable with the following signature:

    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import OptimizerResult
    
    def my_optimizer(fun, x0, jac=None, bounds=None) -> OptimizerResult:
        # Args:
        #     fun (callable): the function to minimize
        #     x0 (np.ndarray): the initial point for the optimization
        #     jac (callable, optional): the gradient of the objective function
        #     bounds (list, optional): a list of tuples specifying the parameter bounds
    
        result = OptimizerResult()
        result.x = # optimal parameters
        result.fun = # optimal function value
        return result
    

    The above signature also allows to directly pass any SciPy minimizer, for instance as

    from functools import partial
    from scipy.optimize import minimize
    
    optimizer = partial(minimize, method="L-BFGS-B")
    
Known Issues
  • When running parallel_map() (which is done internally by performance sensitive functions such as transpile() and assemble()) in a subprocess launched outside of parallel_map(), it is possible that the parallel dispatch performed inside parallel_map() will hang and never return. This is due to upstream issues in CPython around the default method to launch subprocesses on Linux and macOS with Python 3.7 (see https://bugs.python.org/issue40379 for more details). If you encounter this, you have two options: you can either remove the nested parallel processes, as calling parallel_map() from a main process should work fine; or you can manually call the CPython standard library multiprocessing module to perform similar parallel dispatch from a subprocess, but use the "spawn" or "forkserver" launch methods to avoid the potential to have things get stuck and never return.

Upgrade Notes
  • The classes Qubit, Clbit and AncillaQubit now have the __slots__ attribute. This is to reduce their memory usage. As a side effect, they can no longer have arbitrary data attached as attributes to them. This is very unlikely to have any effect on downstream code other than performance benefits.

  • The core dependency retworkx had its version requirement bumped to 0.11.0, up from 0.10.1. This improves the performance of transpilation pass ConsolidateBlocks.

  • The minimum supported version of symengine is now 0.9.0. This was necessary to improve compatibility with Python's pickle module which is used internally as part of parallel dispatch with parallel_map().

  • The default value of QISKIT_PARALLEL when running with Python 3.9 on Linux is now set to TRUE. This means when running parallel_map() or functions that call it internally, such as transpile() and assemble(), the function will be executed in multiple processes and should have better run time performance. This change was made because the issues with reliability of parallel dispatch appear to have been resolved (see #6188 for more details). If you still encounter issues because of this you can disable multiprocessing and revert to the previous default behavior by setting the QISKIT_PARALLEL environment variable to FALSE, or setting the parallel option to False in your user config file (also please file an issue so we can track any issues related to multiprocessing).

  • The previously deprecated MSGate gate class previously found in qiskit.circuit.library has been removed. It was originally deprecated in the 0.16.0 release. Instead the GMS class should be used, as this allows you to create an equivalent 2 qubit MS gate in addition to an MSGate for any number of qubits.

  • The previously deprecated mirror() method of the Instruction class has been removed. It was originally deprecated in 0.15.0 release. Instead you should use Instruction.reverse_ops().

  • The previously deprecated angle argument on the constructors for the C3SXGate and C3XGate gate classes has been removed. It was originally deprecated in the 0.17.0 release. Instead for fractional 3-controlled X gates you can use the C3XGate.power() method.

  • Support for using np.ndarray objects as part of the params attribute of a Gate object has been removed. This has been deprecated since Qiskit Terra 0.16.0 and now will no longer work. Instead one should create a new subclass of Gate and explicitly allow a np.ndarray input by overloading the validate_parameter() method.

  • A new extra csp-layout-pass has been added to the install target for pip install qiskit-terra, and is also included in the all extra. This has no effect in Qiskit Terra 0.20, but starting from Qiskit Terra 0.21, the dependencies needed only for the CSPLayout transpiler pass will be downgraded from requirements to optionals, and installed by this extra. You can prepare a package that depends on this pass by setting its requirements (or pip install command) to target qiskit-terra[csp-layout-pass].

  • Support for running with Python 3.6 has been removed. To run Qiskit you need a minimum Python version of 3.7.

  • The AmplitudeEstimator now inherits from the ABC class from the Python standard library. This requires any subclass to implement the estimate() method when previously it wasn't required. This was done because the original intent of the class was to always be a child class of ABC, as the estimate() is required for the operation of an AmplitudeEstimator object. However, if you were previously defining an AmplitudeEstimator subclass that didn't implement estimate() this will now result in an error.

  • The error raised by HoareOptimizer if the optional dependency z3 is not available has changed from TranspilerError to MissingOptionalLibraryError (which is both a QiskitError and an ImportError). This was done to be consistent with the other optional dependencies.

  • On Linux, the minimum library support has been raised from the manylinux2010 VM to manylinux2014. This mirrors similar changes in Numpy and Scipy. There should be no meaningful effect for most users, unless your system still contains a very old version of glibc.

  • The marginal_counts() function when called with a Result object input, will now marginalize the memory field of experiment data if it's set in the input Result. Previously, the memory field in the the input was not marginalized. This change was made because the previous behavior would result in the counts field not matching the memory field after marginal_counts() was called. If the previous behavior is desired it can be restored by setting marginalize_memory=None as an argument to marginal_counts() which will not marginalize the memory field.

  • The StochasticSwap transpiler pass may return different results with the same seed value set. This is due to the internal rewrite of the transpiler pass to improve runtime performance. However, this means that if you ran transpile() with optimization_level 0, 1 (the default), or 2 with a value set for seed_transpiler you may get an output with different swap mapping present after upgrading to Qiskit Terra 0.20.0.

  • To build Qiskit Terra from source a Rust compiler is now needed. This is due to the internal rewrite of the StochasticSwap transpiler pass which greatly improves the runtime performance of the transpiler. The rust compiler can easily be installed using rustup, which can be found here: https://rustup.rs/

  • The name attribute of the PauliEvolutionGate class has been changed to always be "PauliEvolution". This change was made to be consistent with other gates in Qiskit and enables other parts of Qiskit to quickly identify when a particular operation in a circuit is a PauliEvolutionGate. For example, it enables the unrolling to Pauli evolution gates.

    Previously, the name contained the operators which are evolved, which is now available via the PauliEvolutionGate.label attribute. If a circuit with a PauliEvolutionGate is drawn, the gate will still show the same information, which gates are being evolved.

  • The previously deprecated methods:

    • qiskit.algorithms.VQE.get_optimal_cost

    • qiskit.algorithms.VQE.get_optimal_circuit

    • qiskit.algorithms.VQE.get_optimal_vector

    • qiskit.algorithms.VQE.optimal_params

    • qiskit.algorithms.HamiltonianPhaseEstimationResult.most_likely_phase

    • qiskit.algorithms.PhaseEstimationResult.most_likely_phase

    which were originally deprecated in the Qiskit Terra 0.18.0 release have been removed and will no longer work.

  • The qiskit.algorithms.VariationalAlgorithm class is now defined as an abstract base class (ABC) which will require classes that inherit from it to define both a VariationalAlgorithm.initial_point getter and setter method.

  • The pass_manager kwarg for the transpile() function has been removed. It was originally deprecated in the 0.13.0 release. The preferred way to transpile a circuit with a custom PassManager object is to use the run() method of the PassManager object.

  • The previously deprecated ParametrizedSchedule class has been removed and no longer exists. This class was deprecated as a part of the 0.17.0 release. Instead of using this class you can directly parametrize Schedule or ScheduleBlock objects by specifying a Parameter object to the parametric pulse argument.

  • The module qiskit.circuit.library.probability_distributions has been removed and no longer exists as per the deprecation notice from qiskit-terra 0.17.0 (released Apr 1, 2021). The affected classes are UniformDistribution, NormalDistribution, and LogNormalDistribution. They are all moved to the qiskit-finance library, into its circuit library module: qiskit_finance.circuit.library.probability_distributions.

  • The previous qiskit.test.mock.fake_mumbai_v2.FakeMumbaiV2 class has been renamed to FakeMumbaiFractionalCX to differentiate it from the BackendV2 based fake backend for the IBM Mumbai device, qiskit.test.mock.backends.FakeMumbaiV2. If you were previously relying on the FakeMumbaiV2 class to get a fake backend that had fractional applications of CXGate defined in its target you need to use FakeMumbaiFractionalCX class as the FakeMumbaiV2 will no longer have those extra gate definitions in its Target.

  • The resolver used by QuantumCircuit.append() (and consequently all methods that add an instruction onto a QuantumCircuit) to convert bit specifiers has changed to make it faster and more reliable. Certain constructs like:

    import numpy as np
    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit(1, 1)
    qc.measure(np.array([0]), np.array([0]))
    

    will now work where they previously would incorrectly raise an error, but certain pathological inputs such as:

    from sympy import E, I, pi
    qc.x(E ** (I * pi))
    

    will now raise errors where they may have occasionally (erroneously) succeeded before. For almost all correct uses, there should be no noticeable change except for a general speed-up.

  • The semi-public internal method QuantumCircuit._append() no longer checks the types of its inputs, and assumes that there are no invalid duplicates in its argument lists. This function is used by certain internal parts of Qiskit and other libraries to build up QuantumCircuit instances as quickly as possible by skipping the error checking when the data is already known to be correct. In general, users or functions taking in user data should use the public QuantumCircuit.append() method, which resolves integer bit specifiers, broadcasts its arguments and checks the inputs for correctness.

  • Cython is no longer a build dependency of Qiskit Terra and is no longer required to be installed when building Qiskit Terra from source.

  • The preset passmanagers in qiskit.transpiler.preset_passmanagers for all optimization levels 2 and 3 as generated by level_2_pass_manager() and level_3_pass_manager() have been changed to run the VF2Layout by default prior to the layout pass. The VF2Layout pass will quickly check if a perfect layout can be found and supersedes what was previously done for optimization levels 2 and 3 which were using a combination of TrivialLayout and CSPLayout to try and find a perfect layout. This will result in potentially different behavior when transpile() is called by default as it removes a default path for all optimization levels >=2 of using a trivial layout (where circuit.qubits[0] is mapped to physical qubit 0, circuit.qubits[1] is mapped to physical qubit 1, etc) assuming the trivial layout is perfect. If your use case was dependent on the trivial layout you can explictly request it when transpiling by specifying layout_method="trivial" when calling transpile().

  • The preset pass manager for optimization level 1 (when calling transpile() with optimization_level=1 or when no optimization_level argument is set) as generated by level_1_pass_manager() has been changed so that VF2Layout is called by default to quickly check if a a perfect layout can be found prior to the DenseLayout. However, unlike with optimization level 2 and 3 a trivial layout is still attempted prior to running VF2Layout and if it's a perfect mapping the output from VF2Layout will be used.

Deprecation Notes
  • The max_credits argument to execute(), and all of the Qobj configurations (e.g. QasmQobjConfig and PulseQobjConfig), is deprecated and will be removed in a future release. The credit system has not been in use on IBM Quantum backends for two years, and the option has no effect. No alternative is necessary. For example, if you were calling execute() as:

    job = execute(qc, backend, shots=4321, max_credits=10)
    

    you can simply omit the max_credits argument:

    job = execute(qc, backend, shots=4321)
    
  • Using an odd integer for the order argument on the constructor of the SuzukiTrotter class is deprecated and will no longer work in a future release. The product formulae used by the SuzukiTrotter are only defined when the order is even as the Suzuki product formulae is symmetric.

  • The qregs, cregs, layout, and global_phase kwargs to the MatplotlibDrawer, TextDrawing, and QCircuitImage classes, and the calibrations kwarg to the MatplotlibDrawer class, are now deprecated and will be removed in a subsequent release.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where calling QuantumCircuit.copy() on the "body" circuits of a control-flow operation created with the builder interface would raise an error. For example, this was previously an error, but will now return successfully:

    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumCircuit, QuantumRegister, ClassicalRegister
    
    qreg = QuantumRegister(4)
    creg = ClassicalRegister(1)
    circ = QuantumCircuit(qreg, creg)
    
    with circ.if_test((creg, 0)):
        circ.h(0)
    
    if_else_instruction, _, _ = circ.data[0]
    true_body = if_else_instruction.params[0]
    true_body.copy()
    
  • Fixed an issue where running the == operator between two SparsePauliOp objects would raise an error when the two operators had different numbers of coefficients. For example:

    op = SparsePauliOp.from_list([("X", 1), ("Y", 1)])
    op2 = SparsePauliOp.from_list([("X", 1), ("Y", 1), ("Z", 0)])
    print(op == op2)
    

    This would previously raise a ValueError instead of returning False.

  • The AmplitudeAmplifier is now correctly available from the root qiskit.algorithms module directly. Previously it was not included in the re-exported classes off the root module and was only accessible from qiskit.algorithms.amplitude_amplifiers. Fixed #7751.

  • Fixed an issue with the mpl backend for the circuit drawer function circuit_drawer() and the QuantumCircuit.draw() method where gates with conditions would not display properly when a sufficient number of gates caused the drawer to fold over to a second row. Fixed: #7752.

  • Fixed an issue where the HHL.construct_circuit() method under certain conditions would not return a correct QuantumCircuit. Previously, the function had a rounding error in calculating how many qubits were necessary to represent the eigenvalues which would cause an incorrect circuit output.

  • Fixed an endianness bug in BaseReadoutMitigator.expectation_value() when a string diagonal was passed. It will now correctly be interpreted as little endian in the same manner as the rest of Qiskit Terra, instead of big endian.

  • Fixed an issue with the quantum_info.partial_trace() when the function was asked to trace out no subsystems, it will now correctly return the DensityMatrix of the input state with all dimensions remaining rather than throwing an error. Fixed #7613

  • Fixed an issue with the circuit_drawer() function and draw() method of QuantumCircuit. When using the reverse_bits option with the mpl, latex, or text options, bits without registers did not display in the correct order. Fixed #7303.

  • Fixed an issue in the LocalReadoutMitigator.assignment_matrix() method where it would previously reject an input value for the qubits argument that wasn't a trivial sequence of qubits in the form: [0, 1, 2, ..., n-1]. This has been corrected so that now any list of qubit indices to be measured are accepted by the method.

  • Fixed an issue in the StabilizerState.expectation_value() method's expectation value calculation, where the output expectation value would be incorrect if the input Pauli operator for the oper argument had a non-trivial phase. Fixed #7441.

  • An opflow expression containing the Pauli identity opflow.I no longer produces an IGate when converted to a circuit. This change fixes a difference in expectation; the identity gate in the circuit indicates a delay however in opflow we expect a mathematical identity -- meaning no operation at all.

  • The PauliGate no longer inserts an IGate for Paulis with the label "I".

  • PauliSumOp equality tests now handle the case when one of the compared items is a single PauliOp. For example, 0 * X + I == I now evaluates to True, whereas it was False prior to this release.

  • Fixed an issue with the ALAPSchedule and ASAPSchedule transpiler passes when working with instructions that had custom pulse calibrations (i.e. pulse gates) set. Previously, the scheduling passes would not use the duration from the custom pulse calibration for thse instructions which would result in the an incorrect scheduling being generated for the circuit. This has been fixed so that now the scheduling passes will use the duration of the custom pulse calibration for any instruction in the circuit which has a custom calibration.

  • Stopped the parser in QuantumCircuit.from_qasm_str() and from_qasm_file() from accepting OpenQASM programs that identified themselves as being from a language version other than 2.0. This parser is only for OpenQASM 2.0; support for imported circuits from OpenQASM 3.0 will be added in an upcoming release.

  • The OpenQASM 3 exporter, qasm3.Exporter, will now escape register and parameter names that clash with reserved OpenQASM 3 keywords by generating a new unique name. Registers and parameters with the same name will no longer have naming clashes in the code output from the OpenQASM 3 exporter. Fixed #7742.

Aer 0.10.3

No change

Ignis 0.7.0

No change

IBM Q Provider 0.18.3

No change

Qiskit 0.34.2

Terra 0.19.2

Prelude

Qiskit Terra 0.19.2 is predominantly a bugfix release, but also now comes with wheels built for Python 3.10 on all major platforms.

New Features
  • Added support for running with Python 3.10. This includes publishing precompiled binaries to PyPI for Python 3.10 on supported platforms.

Upgrade Notes
  • Starting from Python 3.10, Qiskit Terra will have reduced support for 32-bit platforms. These are Linux i686 and 32-bit Windows. These platforms with Python 3.10 are now at Tier 3 instead of Tier 2 support (per the tiers defined in: https://qiskit.org/documentation/getting_started.html#platform-support) This is because the upstream dependencies Numpy and Scipy have dropped support for them. Qiskit will still publish precompiled binaries for these platforms, but we're unable to test the packages prior to publishing, and you will need a C/C++ compiler so that pip can build their dependencies from source. If you're using one of these platforms, we recommended that you use Python 3.7, 3.8, or 3.9.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a bug where the CVaRMeasurement attempted to convert a PauliSumOp to a dense matrix to check whether it were diagonal. For large operators (> 16 qubits) this computation was extremely expensive and raised an error if not explicitly enabled using qiskit.utils.algorithm_globals.massive = True. The check is now efficient even for large numbers of qubits.

  • Registers will now correctly reject duplicate bits. Fixed #7446.

  • The FakeOpenPulse2Q mock backend now has T2 times and readout errors stored for its qubits. These are arbitrary values, approximately consistent with real backends at the time of its creation.

  • Fix the qubit order of 2-qubit evolutions in the PauliEvolutionGate, if used with a product formula synthesis. For instance, before, the evolution of IIZ + IZI + IZZ

    from qiskit.circuit.library import PauliEvolutionGate
    from qiskit.opflow import I, Z
    operator = (I ^ I ^ Z) + (I ^ Z ^ I) + (I ^ Z ^ Z)
    print(PauliEvolutionGate(operator).definition.decompose())
    

    produced

         ┌───────┐
    q_0: ┤ Rz(2) ├────────
         ├───────┤
    q_1: ┤ Rz(2) ├─■──────
         └───────┘ │ZZ(2)
    q_2: ──────────■──────
    

    whereas now it correctly yields

         ┌───────┐
    q_0: ┤ Rz(2) ├─■──────
         ├───────┤ │ZZ(2)
    q_1: ┤ Rz(2) ├─■──────
         └───────┘
    q_2: ─────────────────
    
  • Fixed a problem in the latex and mpl circuit drawers when register names with multiple underscores in the name did not display correctly.

  • Negative numbers in array outputs from the drawers will now appear as decimal numbers instead of fractions with huge numerators and denominators. Like positive numbers, they will still be fractions if the ratio is between small numbers.

  • Fixed an issue with the Target.get_non_global_operation_names() method when running on a target incorrectly raising an exception on targets with ideal global operations. Previously, if this method was called on a target that contained any ideal globally defined operations, where the instruction properties are set to None, this method would raise an exception instead of treating that instruction as global.

  • Fixed an issue with the transpile() function where it could fail when being passed a Target object directly with the target kwarg.

  • Fixed an issue with the transpile() function where it could fail when the backend argument was a BackendV2 or a Target via the target kwarg that contained ideal globally defined operations.

  • Fixed an issue where plotting Bloch spheres could cause an AttributeError to be raised in Jupyter or when trying to crop figures down to size with Matplotlib 3.3 or 3.4 (but not 3.5). For example, the following code would previously crash with a message:

    AttributeError: 'Arrow3D' object has no attribute '_path2d'
    

    but will now succeed with all current supported versions of Matplotlib:

    from qiskit.visualization import plot_bloch_vector
    plot_bloch_vector([0, 1, 0]).savefig("tmp.png", bbox_inches='tight')
    
  • Fixed a bug in PauliSumOp.permute() where the object on which the method is called was permuted in-place, instead of returning a permuted copy. This bug only occured for permutations that left the number of qubits in the operator unchanged.

  • Fixed the PauliEvolutionGate.inverse() method, which previously computed the inverse by inverting the evolution time. This was only the correct inverse if the operator was evolved exactly. In particular, this led to the inverse of Trotterization-based time evolutions being incorrect.

  • Fixed QPY serialisation of custom instructions which had an explicit no-op definition. Previously these would be written and subsequently read the same way as if they were opaque gates (with no given definition). They will now correctly round-trip an empty definition. For example, the following will now be correct:

    import io
    from qiskit.circuit import Instruction, QuantumCircuit, qpy_serialization
    
    # This instruction is explicitly defined as a one-qubit gate with no
    # operations.
    empty = QuantumCircuit(1, name="empty").to_instruction()
    # This instruction will perform some operations that are only known
    # by the hardware backend.
    opaque = Instruction("opaque", 1, 0, [])
    
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(2)
    circuit.append(empty, [0], [])
    circuit.append(opaque, [1], [])
    
    qpy_file = io.BytesIO()
    qpy_serialization.dump(circuit, qpy_file)
    qpy_file.seek(0)
    new_circuit = qpy_serialization.load(qpy_file)[0]
    
    # Previously both instructions in `new_circuit` would now be opaque, but
    # there is now a correct distinction.
    circuit == new_circuit
    
  • Added a missing BackendV2.provider attribute to implementations of the BackendV2 abstract class. Previously, BackendV2 backends could be initialized with a provider but that was not accessible to users.

  • Fixed a bug in VQE where the parameters of the ansatz were still explicitly ASCII-sorted by their name if the ansatz was resized. This led to a mismatched order of the optimized values in the optimal_point attribute of the result object.

    In particular, this bug occurred if no ansatz was set by the user and the VQE chose a default with 11 or more free parameters.

  • Stopped the parser in QuantumCircuit.from_qasm_str() and from_qasm_file() from accepting OpenQASM programs that identified themselves as being from a language version other than 2.0. This parser is only for OpenQASM 2.0; support for imported circuits from OpenQASM 3.0 will be added in an upcoming release.

  • Fixed QPY serialization of QuantumCircuit containing subsets of bits from a QuantumRegister or ClassicalRegister. Previously if you tried to serialize a circuit like this it would incorrectly treat these bits as standalone Qubit or Clbit without having a register set. For example, if you try to serialize a circuit like:

    import io
    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit, QuantumRegister
    from qiskit.circuit.qpy_serialization import load, dump
    
    qr = QuantumRegister(2)
    qc = QuantumCircuit([qr[0]])
    qc.x(0)
    with open('file.qpy', 'wb') as fd:
        dump(qc, fd)
    

    when that circuit is loaded now the registers will be correctly populated fully even though the circuit only contains a subset of the bits from the register.

  • QFT will now warn if it is instantiated or built with settings that will cause it to lose precision, rather than raising an OverflowError. This can happen if the number of qubits is very large (slightly over 1000) without the approximation degree being similarly large. The circuit will now build successfully, but some angles might be indistinguishable from zero, due to limitations in double-precision floating-point numbers.

Aer 0.10.3

Prelude

Qiskit Aer 0.10.3 is mainly a bugfix release, fixing several bugs that have been discovered since the 0.10.2 release. Howver, this release also introduces support for running with Python 3.10 including precompiled binary wheels on all major platforms. This release also includes precompiled binary wheels for arm64 on macOS.

New Features
  • Added support for running with Python 3.10. This includes publishing precompiled binaries to PyPI for Python 3.10 on supported platforms.

  • Added support for M1 macOS systems. Precompiled binaries for supported Python versions >=3.8 on arm64 macOS will now be published on PyPI for this and future releases.

Upgrade Notes
  • Qiskit Aer no longer fully supports 32 bit platforms on Python >= 3.10. These are Linux i686 and 32-bit Windows. These platforms with Python 3.10 are now at Tier 3 instead of Tier 2 support (per the tiers defined in: https://qiskit.org/documentation/getting_started.html#platform-support) This is because the upstream dependencies Numpy and Scipy have dropped support for them. Qiskit will still publish precompiled binaries for these platforms, but we're unable to test the packages prior to publishing, and you will need a C/C++ compiler so that pip can build their dependencies from source. If you're using one of these platforms, we recommended that you use Python 3.7, 3.8, or 3.9.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixes a bug in RelaxationNoisePass where instruction durations were always assumed to be in dt time units, regardless of the actual unit of the isntruction. Now unit conversion is correctly handled for all instruction duration units.

    See #1453 for details.

  • Fixes an issue with LocalNoisePass for noise functions that return a QuantumCircuit for the noise op. These were appended to the DAG as an opaque circuit instruction that must be unrolled to be simulated. This fix composes them so that the cirucit instructions are added to the new DAG and can be simulated without additional unrolling if all circuit instructions are supported by the simulator.

    See #1447 for details.

  • Multi-threaded transpilations to generate diagonal gates will now work correctly if the number of gates of a circuit exceeds fusion_parallelization_threshold. Previously, different threads would occasionally fuse the same element into multiple blocks, causing incorrect results.

  • Fixes a bug with truncation of circuits in parameterized Qobjs. Previously parameters of parameterized QObj could be wrongly resolved if unused qubits of their circuits were truncated, because indices of the parameters were not updated after the instructions on unmeasured qubits were removed.

    See #1427 for details.

Ignis 0.7.0

No change

IBM Q Provider 0.18.3

No change

Qiskit 0.34.1

Terra 0.19.1

No change

Aer 0.10.2

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed simulation of for loops where the loop parameter was not used in the body of the loop. For example, previously this code would fail, but will now succeed:

    import qiskit
    from qiskit.providers.aer import AerSimulator
    
    qc = qiskit.QuantumCircuit(2)
    with qc.for_loop(range(4)) as i:
        qc.h(0)
        qc.cx(0, 1)
    
    AerSimulator(method="statevector").run(qc)
    
  • Fixes a bug in QuantumError.to_dict() where N-qubit circuit instructions where the assembled instruction always applied to qubits [0, ..., N-1] rather than the instruction qubits. This bug also affected device and fake backend noise models.

    See Issue 1415 for details.

Ignis 0.7.0

No change

IBM Q Provider 0.18.3

No change

Qiskit 0.34.0

Qiskit 0.34.0 includes a point release of Qiskit Aer: version 0.10.1, which patches performance regressions in version 0.10.0 that were discovered immediately post-release. See below for the release notes for both Qiskit Aer 0.10.0 and 0.10.1.

Terra 0.19.1

No change

Aer 0.10.1

Prelude

The Qiskit Aer 0.10.1 patch fixes performance regressions introduced in Qiskit Aer 0.10.0.

Bug Fixes
  • Fix performance regression in noisy simulations due to large increase in serialization overhead for loading noise models from Python into C++ resulting from unintended nested Python multiprocessing calls. See issue 1407 for details.

Aer 0.10.0

Prelude

The Qiskit Aer 0.10 release includes several performance and noise model improvements. Some highlights are:

  • Improved performance for parallel shot GPU and HPC simulations

  • Support for simulation of circuits containing QASM 3.0 control-flow instructions

  • Support for relaxation noise on scheduled circuits in backend noise models

  • Support of user-created transpiler passes for defining custom gate errors and noise models, and inserting them into circuits.

New Features
  • Added a batched-shot simulation optimization for GPU simulations. This optional feature will use available memory on 1 or more GPUs to run multiple simulation shots in parallel for greatly improved performance on multi-shot simulations with noise models and/or intermediate measurements.

    This option is enabled by default when using device="GPU" and a simulation method of either "statevector" or "density_matrix" with the AerSimulator. It can be disabled by setting batched_shots_gpu=False in the simulator options.

    This optimization is most beneficial for small to medium numbers of qubits where there is sufficient GPU memory to run multiple simulations in parallel. The maximum number of active circuit qubits for enabling this optimization can be configured using the batch_shots_gpu_max_qubits simulator option. The default value of this option is 16.

  • Added the new max_shot_size option to a custom executor for running multiple shots of a noisy circuit in parallel.

    For example configuring max_shot_size with a custom executor:

    backend = AerSimulator(
       max_shot_size=1, max_job_size=1, executor=custom_executor)
    job = backend.run(circuits)
    

    will split the shots of a noisy circuit into multiple circuits. After all individual shots have finished executing, the job results are automatically combined into a single Result object that is returned by job.result().

  • Added the mps_swap_direction simulator option that allows the user to determine the direction of internal swaps, when they are inserted for a 2-qubit gate. Possible values are "mps_swap_right" and "mps_swap_left". The direction of the swaps may affect performance, depending on the circuit.

  • Implemented a new measurement sampling optimization for the "matrix_product_state" simulation method of the AerSimulator. Currently this algorithm is used only when all qubits are measured and when the simulator mps_sample_measure_algorithm simulator option is set to "mps_probabilities".

  • Improved the performance of the measure instruction for the "matrix_product_state" simulation method of the AerSimulator.

  • Added a SaveClifford instruction for saving the state of the stabilizer simulation method as a Clifford object.

    Note that this instruction is essentially equivalent to the SaveStabilizer instruction, however that instruction will return the saved state as a StabilizerState object instead of a Clifford object.

  • Added two transpiler passes for inserting instruction-dependent quantum errors into circuits:

    • qiskit.providers.aer.noise.LocalNoisePass

    • qiskit.providers.aer.noise.RelaxationNoisePass

    The LocalNoisePass pass can be used to implement custom parameterized noise models by defining a noise generating function of the form

    def fn(
        inst: Instruction,
        qubits: Optional[List[int]] = None,
    ) -> InstructionLike
    

    which returns a noise instruction (eg. a QuantumError or other instruction) that can depend on any properties or parameters of the instruction and qubit arguements.

    This function can be applied to all instructions in a circuit, or a specified subset (See the LocalNoisePass documentation for additional details.)

    The RelaxationNoisePass is a special case of the LocalNoisePass using a predefined noise function that returns a tensor product of thermal_relaxation_error() on each qubit in an instruction, dependent on the instruction's duration and the supplied relaxation time constant parameters of the pass.

  • The basic device noise model implemented by NoiseModel.from_backend() and AerSimulator.from_backend() has been upgraded to allow adding duration-dependent relaxation errors on circuit delay gates using the RelaxationNoisePass.

    To enable this noise when running noisy simulations you must first schedule your circuit to insert scheduled delay instructions as follows:

    backend = AerSimulator.from_backend(ibmq_backend)
    scheduled_circuit = qiskit.transpile(
        circuit, backend=backend, scheduling_method='asap')
    result = backend.run(scheduled_circuit).result()
    

    If the circuit is transpiled without being scheduled (and also contains no delay instructions) the noisy simulation will not include the effect of delay relaxation errors. In this case the simulation will be equivalent to the previous qiskit-aer 0.9 simulation where relaxation noise is only added to gate instructions based on their duration as obtained from the backend properties.

  • The constructor of QuantumError now accepts several new types of input as noise_ops argument, for example:

    import numpy as np
    
    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.circuit.library import IGate, XGate, Reset
    from qiskit.quantum_info import Kraus
    from qiskit.providers.aer.noise import QuantumError
    
    # Quantum channels
    kraus = Kraus([
        np.array([[1, 0], [0, np.sqrt(1 - 0.9)]], dtype=complex),
        np.array([[0, 0], [0, np.sqrt(0.9)]], dtype=complex)
    ])
    print(QuantumError(kraus))
    
    # Construction from a QuantumCircuit
    qc = QuantumCircuit(2)
    qc.h(0)
    qc.cx(0, 1)
    error = QuantumError(qc)
    
    # Construction from a tuple of (Instruction, List[int]), where the list of
    # integers represents the qubits.
    error = QuantumError((Reset(), [0]))
    
    # Construction from an iterable of objects in the same form as above, but
    # where each also has an associated probability.
    error = QuantumError([
        ((IGate(), [0]), 0.9),
        ((XGate(), [0]), 0.1),
    ])
    
    # A short-hand for the iterable form above, where the qubits are implicit,
    # and each instruction is over all qubits.
    error = QuantumError([(IGate(), 0.9), (XGate(), 0.1)])
    

    Note that the original JSON-based input format is deperecated.

  • Added a utility function qiskit.providers.aer.utils.transform_noise_model() for constructing a noise model by applying a supplied function to all QuantumErrors in the noise model.

  • Added two utility functions qiskit.providers.aer.utils.transpile_quantum_error() and qiskit.providers.aer.utils.transpile_noise_model() for transpiling the circuits contained in QuantumError, and all errors in a NoiseModel.

  • Added the ability to add QuantumError objects directly to a QuantumCircuit without converting to a Kraus instruction.

    Circuits containing quantum errors can now be run on the AerSimulator and QasmSimulator simulators as an alternative to, or in addition to, building a NoiseModel for defining noisy circuit instructions.

    Example:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.providers.aer import AerSimulator
    from qiskit.providers.aer.noise import pauli_error
    
    error_h = pauli_error([('I', 0.95), ('X', 0.05)])
    error_cx = pauli_error([('II', 0.9), ('XX', 0.1)])
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit(3)
    qc.h(0)
    qc.append(error_h, [0])
    qc.cx(0, 1)
    qc.append(error_cx, [0, 1])
    qc.cx(0, 2)
    qc.append(error_cx, [0, 2])
    qc.measure_all()
    
    backend = AerSimulator(method='stabilizer')
    result = backend.run(qc).result()
    result.get_counts(0)
    

    Circuits containing quantum errors can also be evaluated using the quantum_info quantum channel and DensityMatrix classes.

Upgrade Notes
  • Changed the default value of standard_gates to None for all functions in qiskit.providers.aer.noise.errors.standard_errors as those functions are updated so that they use standard gates by default.

Deprecation Notes
  • Using NumPy ndarray methods and attributes on the return type of save_statevector(), save_density_matrix(), save_unitary(), and save_superop() has been deprecated, and will stop working in a future release. These instructions now return qiskit.quantum_info classes for their return types. Partial backwards compatability with treating these objects as NumPy arrays is implemented by forwarding methods to the internal array during the deprecation period.

  • Passing in a BackendProperties object for the backend argument of NoiseModel.from_backend() has been deprecated, as it is incompatible with duration dependent delay noises, and will be removed in a future release. Pass in a Qiskit Terra BackendV1 object instead.

  • Deprecated the number_of_qubits option of the QuantumError constructor in favor of automatic determination of the dimension.

  • Deprecated the standard_gates option of the QuantumError constructor in favor of externalizing such basis-change functionality. In many cases, you can transform any error into an error defined only with specific gates using approximate_quantum_error().

  • Deprecated the standard_gates option of all functions in qiskit.providers.aer.noise.errors.standard_errors in favor of returning errors in the form of a mixture of standard gates as much as possible by default.

  • Deprecated all functions in errorutils because they are helper functions meant to be used only for implementing functions in qiskit.providers.aer.noise.errors.standard_errors and they should have been provided as private functions.

  • Deprecated the standard_gates option of NoiseModel.from_backend() in favor of externalizing such basis-change functionality.

  • Deprecated all public variables, functions and classes in qiskit.providers.aer.noise.utils.noise_transformation except for approximate_quantum_error() and approximate_noise_model(), because they are helper functions meant to be used only for implementing the approximate_* functions and they should have been provided as private functions.

  • Deprecated remap_noise_model() since the C++ code now automatically truncates and remaps noise models if it truncates circuits.

Other Notes
  • Changes in the implementation of the function approximate_quantum_error() may change the resulting approximate error compared to Qiskit Aer 0.9.

Ignis 0.7.0

No change

IBM Q Provider 0.18.3

Bug Fixes
  • Fix delivered in #1100 for an issue with JSON encoding and decoding when using ParameterExpressions in conjunction with Qiskit Terra 0.19.1 and above. Previously, the Parameter instances reconstructed from the JSON output would have different unique identifiers, causing them to seem unequal to the input. They will now have the correct backing identities.

Qiskit 0.33.1

Terra 0.19.1

Prelude

Qiskit Terra 0.19.1 is a bugfix release, solving some issues in 0.19.0 concerning circuits constructed by the control-flow builder interface, conditional gates and QPY serialisation of newer Terra objects.

Deprecation Notes
  • The loose functions qiskit.circuit.measure.measure() and qiskit.circuit.reset.reset() are deprecated, and will be removed in a future release. Instead, you should access these as methods on QuantumCircuit:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(1, 1)
    
    # Replace this deprecated form ...
    from qiskit.circuit.measure import measure
    measure(circuit, 0, 0)
    
    # ... with either of the next two lines:
    circuit.measure(0, 0)
    QuantumCircuit.measure(circuit, 0, 0)
    
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where calling QuantumCircuit.copy() on the "body" circuits of a control-flow operation created with the builder interface would raise an error. For example, this was previously an error, but will now return successfully:

    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumCircuit, QuantumRegister, ClassicalRegister
    
    qreg = QuantumRegister(4)
    creg = ClassicalRegister(1)
    circ = QuantumCircuit(qreg, creg)
    
    with circ.if_test((creg, 0)):
        circ.h(0)
    
    if_else_instruction, _, _ = circ.data[0]
    true_body = if_else_instruction.params[0]
    true_body.copy()
    
  • The control-flow builder interface now supports using ClassicalRegisters as conditions in nested control-flow scopes. Previously, doing this would not raise an error immediately, but the internal circuit blocks would not have the correct registers defined, and so later logic that worked with the inner blocks would fail.

    For example, previously the drawers would fail when trying to draw an inner block conditioned on a classical register, whereas now it will succeed, such as in this example:

    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumRegister, ClassicalRegister
    
    qreg = QuantumRegister(4)
    creg = ClassicalRegister(1)
    circ = QuantumCircuit(qreg, creg)
    
    with circ.for_loop(range(10)) as a:
        circ.ry(a, 0)
        with circ.if_test((creg, 1)):
            circ.break_loop()
    
    print(circ.draw(cregbundle=False))
    print(circ.data[0][0].blocks[0].draw(cregbundle=False))
    
  • Fixed qpy_serialization support for serializing QuantumCircuit objects that are using ParameterVector or ParameterVectorElement as parameters. Previously, a ParameterVectorElement parameter was just treated as a Parameter for QPY serialization which meant the ParameterVector context was lost in QPY and the output order of parameters could be incorrect.

    To fix this issue a new QPY format version, version_3, was required. This new format version includes a representation of the ParameterVectorElement class which is described in the qpy_serialization documentation at param_vector.

  • Fixed the qpy_serialization support for serializing a PauliEvolutionGate object. Previously, the PauliEvolutionGate was treated as a custom gate for serialization and would be deserialized as a Gate object that had the same definition and name as the original PauliEvolutionGate. However, this would lose the original state from the PauliEvolutionGate. This has been fixed so that starting in this release a PauliEvolutionGate in the circuit will be preserved 1:1 across QPY serialization now. The only limitation with this is that it does not support custom EvolutionSynthesis classes. Only the classes available from qiskit.synthesis can be used with a PauliEvolutionGate for qpy serialization.

    To fix this issue a new QPY format version, version_3, was required. This new format version includes a representation of the PauliEvolutionGate class which is described in the qpy_serialization documentation at PAULI_EVOLUTION.

  • Two loose functions qiskit.circuit.measure.measure() and qiskit.circuit.reset.reset() were accidentally removed without a deprecation period. They have been reinstated, but are marked as deprecated in favour of the methods QuantumCircuit.measure() and QuantumCircuit.reset(), respectively, and will be removed in a future release.

Other Notes
  • The new control-flow builder interface uses various context managers and helper objects to do its work. These should not be considered part of the public API, and are liable to be changed and removed without warning. The usage of the builder interface has stability guarantees, in the sense that the behaviour described by QuantumCircuit.for_loop(), while_loop() and if_test() for the builder interface are subject to the standard deprecation policies, but the actual objects used to effect this are not. You should not rely on the objects (such as IfContext or ControlFlowBuilderBlock) existing in their current locations, or having any methods or attributes attached to them.

    This was not previously clear in the 0.19.0 release. All such objects now have a warning in their documentation strings making this explicit. It is likely in the future that their locations and backing implementations will become quite different.

Aer 0.9.1

No change

Ignis 0.7.0

No change

IBM Q Provider 0.18.2

Bug Fixes
  • Fix delivered in #1065 for the issue where job kept crashing when Parameter was passed in circuit metadata.

  • Fix delivered in #1094 for the issue wherein qiskit.providers.ibmq.runtime.RuntimeEncoder does an extra decompose() if the circuit being serialized is a BlueprintCircuit.

Qiskit 0.33.0

This release officially marks the end of support for the Qiskit Aqua project in Qiskit. It was originally deprecated in the 0.25.0 release and as was documented in that release the qiskit-aqua package has been removed from the Qiskit metapackage, which means pip install qiskit will no longer include qiskit-aqua. However, because of limitations in python packaging we cannot automatically remove a pre-existing install of qiskit-aqua when upgrading a previous version of Qiskit to this release (or a future release) with pip install -U qiskit. If you are upgrading from a previous version it's recommended that you manually uninstall Qiskit Aqua with pip uninstall qiskit-aqua or install in a fresh python environment.

The application modules that were provided by qiskit-aqua have been split into several new packages: qiskit-optimization, qiskit-nature, qiskit-machine-learning, and qiskit-finance. These packages can be installed by themselves (via the standard pip install command, e.g. pip install qiskit-nature) or with the rest of the Qiskit metapackage as optional extras (e.g. pip install 'qiskit[finance,optimization]' or pip install 'qiskit[all]'). The core algorithms and the operator flow now exist as part of Qiskit Terra at qiskit.algorithms and qiskit.opflow. Depending on your existing usage of Aqua you should either use the application packages or the new modules in Qiskit Terra. For more details on how to migrate from Qiskit Aqua you can refer to the Aqua Migration Guide.

This release also officially deprecates the Qiskit Ignis project. Accordingly, in a future release the qiskit-ignis package will be removed from the Qiskit metapackage, which means in that future release pip install qiskit will no longer include qiskit-ignis. Qiskit Ignis has been supersceded by the Qiskit Experiments project and active development has ceased. While deprecated, critical bug fixes and compatibility fixes will continue to be made to provide users a sufficient opportunity to migrate off of Ignis. After the deprecation period (which will be no shorter than 3 months from this release) the project will be retired and archived. You can refer to the migration guide for details on how to switch from Qiskit Ignis to Qiskit Experiments.

Terra 0.19.0

Prelude

The Qiskit Terra 0.19 release highlights are:

  • A new version of the abstract Qiskit/hardware interface, in the form of BackendV2, which comes with a new data structure Target to allow backends to better model their constraints for the transpiler.

  • An extensible plugin interface to the UnitarySynthesis transpiler pass, allowing users or other packages to extend Qiskit Terra's synthesis routines with new methods.

  • Control-flow instructions, for representing for and while loops and if/else statements in QuantumCircuit. The simulators in Qiskit Aer will soon be able to work with these new instructions, allowing you to write more dynamic quantum programs.

  • Preliminary support for the evolving OpenQASM 3 specification. You can use the new qiskit.qasm3 module to serialize your QuantumCircuits into OpenQASM 3, including the new control-flow constructs.

This release marks the end of support for Python 3.6 in Qiskit. This release of Qiskit Terra, and any subsequent bugfix releases in the 0.19.x series, will be the last to work with Python 3.6. Starting from the next minor release (0.20.0) of Qiskit Terra, the minimum required Python version will be 3.7.

As always, there are many more features and fixes in this release as well, which you can read about below.

New Features
  • QuantumCircuit.decompose() and its corresponding transpiler pass Decompose now optionally accept a parameter containing a collection of gate names. If this parameter is given, then only gates with matching names will be decomposed. This supports Unix-shell-style wildcard matches. For example:

    qc.decompose(["h", "r[xz]"])
    

    will decompose any h, rx or rz gates, but leave (for example) x gates untouched.

  • Added the termination_checker argument to the SPSA optimizer. This allows the user to implement a custom termination criterion.

    import numpy as np
    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import SPSA
    
    def objective(x):
        return np.linalg.norm(x) + .04*np.random.rand(1)
    
    class TerminationChecker:
    
        def __init__(self, N : int):
            """
            Callback to terminate optimization when the average decrease over
            the last N data points is smaller than the specified tolerance.
            """
            self.N = N
            self.values = []
    
        def __call__(self, nfev, parameters, value, stepsize, accepted) -> bool:
            """
            Returns:
                True if the optimization loop should be terminated.
            """
            self.values.append(value)
    
            if len(self.values) > self.N:
                last_values = self.values[-self.N:]
                pp = np.polyfit(range(self.N), last_values, 1)
                slope = pp[0] / self.N
    
                if slope > 0:
                    return True
            return False
    
    maxiter = 400
    spsa = SPSA(maxiter=maxiter, termination_checker=TerminationChecker(10))
    parameters, value, niter = spsa.optimize(2, objective, initial_point=np.array([0.5, 0.5]))
    
  • Added a new version of the Backend interface, BackendV2. This new version is a large change from the previous version, BackendV1 and changes both the user access pattern for properties of the backend (like number of qubits, etc) and how the backend represents its constraints to the transpiler. The execution of circuits (via the run() method) remains unchanged. With a BackendV2 backend instead of having a separate configuration(), properties(), and defaults() methods that construct BackendConfiguration, BackendProperties, and PulseDefaults objects respectively, like in the BackendV1 interface, the attributes contained in those output objects are accessible directly as attributes of the BackendV2 object. For example, to get the number of qubits for a backend with BackendV1 you would do:

    num_qubits = backend.configuration().n_qubits
    

    while with BackendV2 it is:

    num_qubits = backend.num_qubits
    

    The other change around this is that the number of attributes exposed in the abstract BackendV2 class is designed to be a hardware/vendor agnostic set of the required or optional fields that the rest of Qiskit can use today with any backend. Subclasses of the abstract BackendV2 class can add support for additional attributes and methods beyond those defined in BackendV2, but these will not be supported universally throughout Qiskit.

    The other critical change that is primarily important for provider authors is how a BackendV2 exposes the properties of a particular backend to the transpiler. With BackendV2 this is done via a Target object. The Target, which is exposed via the target attribute, is used to represent the set of constraints for running circuits on a particular backend. It contains the subset of information previously exposed by the BackendConfiguration, BackendProperties, and PulseDefaults classes which the transpiler can actively use. When migrating a provider to use BackendV2 (or when creating a new provider package) the construction of backend objects will primarily be around creating a Target object for the backend.

  • Added a new Target class to the transpiler module. The Target class is designed to represent the constraints of backend to the compiler. The Target class is intended to be used with a BackendV2 backend and is how backends will model their constraints for the transpiler moving forward. It combines the previously distinct fields used for controlling the transpile() target device (e.g. basis_gates, coupling_map, instruction_durations, etc) into a single data structure. It also adds additional functionality on top of what was available previously such as representing heterogeneous gate sets, multi-qubit gate connectivity, and tuned variants of the same gates. Currently the transpiler doesn't factor in all these constraints, but over time it will grow to leverage the extra functionality.

  • The Options class now has optional support for specifying validators. This enables Backend authors to optionally specify basic validation on the user supplied values for fields in the Options object. For example, if you had an Options object defined with:

    from qiskit.providers.Options
    options = Options(shots=1024)
    

    you can set a validator on shots for it to be between 1 and 4096 with:

    options.set_validator('shots', (1, 4096))
    

    With the validator set any call to the update_options() method will check that if shots is being updated the proposed new value is within the valid range.

  • Added a new transpiler analysis pass, ContainsInstruction, to the qiskit.transpiler.passes module. This pass is used to determine if a circuit contains a specific instruction. It takes in a single parameter at initialization, the name of the instruction to check for and set a boolean in the property set whether the circuit contains that instruction or not. For example:

    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import ContainsInstruction
    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumCircuit
    
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(2)
    circuit.h(0)
    circuit.cx(0, 1)
    circuit.measure_all()
    
    property_set = {}
    # Contains Hadamard
    contains_h = ContainsInstruction("h")
    contains_h(circuit, property_set)
    assert property_set["contains_h"] == True
    # Not contains SX
    contains_sx = ContainsInstruction("sx")
    contains_sx(circuit, property_set)
    assert property_set["contains_sx"] == False
    
  • Added a utility function qiskit.utils.detach_prefix() that is a counterpart of apply_prefix(). The new function returns a tuple of scaled value and prefix from a given float value. For example, a value 1.3e8 will be converted into (130, "M") that can be used to display a value in the user friendly format, such as 130 MHz.

  • The values "gate_error" and "balanced" are now available for the objective option in the construction of the BIPMapping object, and "balanced" is now the default.

    The "gate_error" objective requires passing a BackendProperties instance in the backend_prop kwarg, which contains the 2q-gate gate errors used in the computation of the objectives. The "balanced" objective will use the BackendProperties instance if it is given, but otherwise will assume a CX error rate as given in the new parameter default_cx_error_rate. The relative weights of the gate-error and depth components of the balanced objective can be controlled with the new depth_obj_weight parameter.

  • Every attribute of the VQE class that is set at the initialization is now accessible with getters and setters. Further, the default values of the VQE attributes ansatz and optimizer can be reset by assigning None to them:

    vqe = VQE(my_ansatz, my_optimizer)
    vqe.ansatz = None   # reset to default: RealAmplitudes ansatz
    vqe.optimizer = None  # reset to default: SLSQP optimizer
    
  • Added a new method PauliList.group_qubit_wise_commuting() that partitions a PauliList into sets of mutually qubit-wise commuting Pauli operators. For example:

    from qiskit.quantum_info import PauliList, Pauli
    pauli_list = PauliList([Pauli("IY"), Pauli("XX"), Pauli("YY"), Pauli("YX")])
    pauli_list.group_qubit_wise_commuting()
    
  • Added a new coupling-map constructor method CouplingMap.from_hexagonal_lattice() for constructing a hexagonal lattice coupling map. For example, to construct a 2x2 hexagonal lattice coupling map:

    from qiskit.transpiler import CouplingMap
    cmap = CouplingMap.from_hexagonal_lattice(2, 2)
    cmap.draw()
    
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  • New fake backend classes are available under qiskit.test.mock. These include mocked versions of ibmq_brooklyn, ibmq_manila, ibmq_jakarta, and ibmq_lagos. As with the other fake backends, these include snapshots of calibration data (i.e. backend.defaults()) and error data (i.e. backend.properties()) taken from the real system, and can be used for local testing, compilation and simulation.

  • Added a new constructor method PassManagerConfig.from_backend(). It constructs a PassManagerConfig object with user options and the configuration of a backend. With this feature, a preset passmanager can be built easier. For example:

    from qiskit.transpiler.passmanager_config import PassManagerConfig
    from qiskit.transpiler.preset_passmanagers import level_1_pass_manager
    from qiskit.test.mock import FakeMelbourne
    
    pass_manager = level_1_pass_manager(
      PassManagerConfig.from_backend(FakeMelbourne(), seed_transpiler=42)
    )
    
  • A new transpiler pass, PulseGates, was added, which automatically extracts user-provided calibrations from the instruction schedule map and attaches the gate schedule to the given (transpiled) quantum circuit as a pulse gate.

    The PulseGates transpiler pass is applied to all optimization levels from 0 to 3. No gate implementation is updated unless the end-user explicitly overrides the backend.defaults().instruction_schedule_map. This pass saves users from individually calling QuantumCircuit.add_calibration() for every circuit run on the hardware.

    To supplement this new pass, a schedule was added to InstructionScheduleMap and is implicitly updated with a metadata field "publisher". Backend-calibrated gate schedules have a special publisher kind to avoid overriding circuits with calibrations of already known schedules. Usually, end-users don't need to take care of this metadata as it is applied automatically. You can call InstructionScheduleMap.has_custom_gate() to check if the map has custom gate calibration.

    See the below code example to learn how to apply custom gate implementation for all circuits under execution.

    from qiskit.test.mock import FakeGuadalupe
    from qiskit import pulse, circuit, transpile
    
    backend = FakeGuadalupe()
    
    with pulse.build(backend, name="x") as x_q0:
        pulse.play(pulse.Constant(160, 0.1), pulse.drive_channel(0))
    
    backend.defaults().instruction_schedule_map.add("x", (0,), x_q0)
    
    circs = []
    for _ in range(100):
        circ = circuit.QuantumCircuit(1)
        circ.sx(0)
        circ.rz(1.57, 0)
        circ.x(0)
        circ.measure_active()
        circs.append(circ)
    
    circs = transpile(circs, backend)
    circs[0].calibrations  # This returns calibration only for x gate
    

    Note that the instruction schedule map is a mutable object. If you override one of the entries and use that backend for other experiments, you may accidentally update the gate definition.

    backend = FakeGuadalupe()
    
    instmap = backend.defaults().instruction_schedule_map
    instmap.add("x", (0, ), my_x_gate_schedule)
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit(1, 1)
    qc.x(0)
    qc.measure(0, 0)
    
    qc = transpile(qc, backend)  # This backend uses custom X gate
    

    If you want to update the gate definitions of a specific experiment, you need to first deepcopy the instruction schedule map and directly pass it to the transpiler.

  • Introduced a new option qubit_subset to the constructor of BIPMapping. The option enables us to specify physical qubits to be used (in coupling_map of the device) during the mapping in one line:

    mapped_circ = BIPMapping(
        coupling_map=CouplingMap([[0, 1], [1, 2], [1, 3], [3, 4]]),
        qubit_subset=[1, 3, 4]
    )(circ)
    

    Previously, to do the same thing, we had to supply a reduced coupling_map which contains only the qubits to be used, embed the resulting circuit onto the original coupling_map and update the QuantumCircuit._layout accordingly:

    reduced_coupling = coupling_map.reduce(qubit_to_use)
    mapped = BIPMapping(reduced_coupling)(circ)
    # skip the definition of fill_with_ancilla()
    # recover circuit on original coupling map
    layout = Layout({q: qubit_to_use[i] for i, q in enumerate(mapped.qubits)})
    for reg in mapped.qregs:
        layout.add_register(reg)
    property_set = {"layout": fill_with_ancilla(layout)}
    recovered = ApplyLayout()(mapped, property_set)
    # recover layout
    overall_layout = Layout({v: qubit_to_use[q] for v, q in mapped._layout.get_virtual_bits().items()})
    for reg in mapped.qregs:
        overall_layout.add_register(reg)
    recovered._layout = fill_with_ancilla(overall_layout)
    
  • Added the ignore_pauli_phase and copy arguments to the constructor of SparsePauliOp. ignore_pauli_phase prevents the phase attribute of an input PauliList from being read, which is more performant if the PauliList is already known to have all phases as zero in the internal ZX convention. copy allows users to avoid the copy of the input data when they explicitly set copy=False.

  • Added the SparsePauliOp.sum() method to add together many SparsePauliOps. This method has significantly better performance than adding the instances together in a loop. For example, the previous way to add several SparsePauliOps together would be to do:

    from qiskit.quantum_info import SparsePauliOp, random_pauli_list
    sparse_ops = [SparsePauliOp(random_pauli_list(10, 10)) for _ in [None]*1000]
    
    total = sparse_ops[0]
    for op in sparse_ops[1:]:
        total += op
    

    This can now be done far more efficiently (in both speed and typing!) as:

    SparsePauliOp.sum(sparse_ops)
    
  • Added an argument limit_amplitude to the constructor of ParametricPulse, which is the base class of Gaussian, GaussianSquare, Drag and Constant, to allowing disabling the amplitude limit of 1 on a pulse-by-pulse basis. With limit_amplitude=False, individual pulses may have an amplitude exceeding unity without raising a PulseError. See #6544 for more detail.

  • Using QuantumCircuit.draw() or circuit_drawer() with the latex drawer will now generate a file in an image format inferred from the filename extension, for example:

    import qiskit
    
    circuit = qiskit.QuantumCircuit(2)
    circuit.h(0)
    circuit.cx(0, 1)
    circuit.draw('latex', filename='./file.jpg')
    

    This will save the circuit drawing in the JPEG format. Previously, the image always be in PNG format. Refer to #6448 for more details.

    Now, if it encounters a filename extension which is not supported, for example:

    circuit.draw('latex', filename='./file.spooky')
    

    it will raise a ValueError to change the filename extension to a supported image format.

  • Introduced an approximate quantum compiler and a corresponding unitary synthesis plugin implementation. The main AQC class is AQC for a standalone version that compiles a unitary matrix into an approximate circuit. The plugin may be invoked by transpile() when the unitary_synthesis_method argument is set to 'aqc'. See qiskit.transpiler.synthesis.aqc for full details.

  • Added a filter_function argument to QuantumCircuit.depth() and QuantumCircuit.size() in order to analyze circuit operations according to some criteria.

    For example, to get the number of two-qubit gates, you can do:

    circuit.size(lambda x: x[0].num_qubits == 2)
    

    Or to get the depth of T gates acting on the zeroth qubit:

    circuit.depth(lambda x: x[0].name == 't' and circuit.qubits[0] in x[1])
    
  • Added a new transpiler pass, CollectMultiQBlocks, to the qiskit.transpiler.passes module. This pass is used to collect sequences of uninterrupted gates acting on groups of qubits. It provides a similar function to the existing Collect2qBlocks pass, but while that pass is designed and optimized to find 2 qubit blocks this new pass will work to find blocks of any size.

  • There is a builder interface for the new control-flow operations on QuantumCircuit, such as the new ForLoopOp, IfElseOp, and WhileLoopOp. The interface uses the same circuit methods, i.e. QuantumCircuit.for_loop(), QuantumCircuit.if_test() and QuantumCircuit.while_loop(), which are overloaded so that if the body parameter is not given, they return a context manager. Entering one of these context managers pushes a scope into the circuit, and captures all gate calls (and other scopes) and the resources these use, and builds up the relevant operation at the end. For example, you can now do:

    qc = QuantumCircuit(2, 2)
    with qc.for_loop(range(5)) as i:
        qc.rx(i * math.pi / 4, 0)
    

    This will produce a ForLoopOp on qc, which knows that qubit 0 is the only resource used within the loop body. These context managers can be nested, and will correctly determine their widths. You can use QuantumCircuit.break_loop() and QuantumCircuit.continue_loop() within a context, and it will expand to be the correct width for its containing loop, even if it is nested in further QuantumCircuit.if_test() blocks.

    The if_test() context manager provides a chained manager which, if desired, can be used to create an else block, such as by:

    qreg = QuantumRegister(2)
    creg = ClassicalRegister(2)
    qc = QuantumCircuit(qreg, creg)
    qc.h(0)
    qc.cx(0, 1)
    qc.measure(0, 0)
    with qc.if_test((creg, 0)) as else_:
        qc.x(1)
    with else_:
        qc.z(1)
    

    The manager will ensure that the if and else bodies are defined over the same set of resources.

  • Introduced a new transpiler pass InverseCancellation that generalizes the CXCancellation pass to cancel any self-inverse gates or gate-inverse pairs. It can be used by initializing InverseCancellation and passing a gate to cancel, for example:

    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import InverseCancellation
    from qiskit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.circuit.library import HGate
    from qiskit.transpiler import PassManager
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit(2, 2)
    qc.h(0)
    qc.h(0)
    pass_ = InverseCancellation([HGate()])
    pm = PassManager(pass_)
    new_circ = pm.run(qc)
    
  • The constructor of RZXCalibrationBuilder has two new kwargs instruction_schedule_map and qubit_channel_mapping which take a InstructionScheduleMap and list of channel name lists for each qubit respectively. These new arguments are used to directly specify the information needed from a backend target. They should be used instead of passing a BaseBackend or BackendV1 object directly to the pass with the backend argument.

  • The Statevectors of states comprised only of qubits can now be drawn in LaTeX in ket notation. In ket notation the entries of the statevector are processed such that exact factors like fractions or square roots of two are drawn as such. The particular convention can be chosen by passing the convention keyword argument as either "ket" or "vector" as appropriate:

    import math
    from qiskit.quantum_info import Statevector
    
    sv = Statevector([math.sqrt(0.5), 0, 0, -math.sqrt(0.5)])
    sv.draw("latex", convention="ket")
    sv.draw("latex", convention="vector")
    
  • Added a new transpiler pass EchoRZXWeylDecomposition that allows users to decompose an arbitrary two-qubit gate in terms of echoed RZX-gates by leveraging Cartan's decomposition. In combination with other transpiler passes, this can be used to transpile arbitrary circuits to RZX-gate-based and pulse-efficient circuits that implement the same unitary.

  • The SPSA and QNSPSA optimizer classes are now capable of batching as many circuit evaluations as possible for both the iterations and the initial calibrations. This can be leveraged by setting the max_evals_grouped kwarg on the constructor for VQE when using either SPSA or QNSPSA as the optimizer parameter. For example:

    from qiskit.circuit.library import TwoLocal
    from qiskit.algorithms import VQE
    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import QNSPSA
    from qiskit.test.mock import FakeMontreal
    
    backend = FakeMontreal()
    ansatz = TwoLocal(2, rotation_blocks=["ry", "rz"], entanglement_blocks="cz")
    qnspsa = QNSPSA(fidelity, maxiter=5)
    vqe = VQE(
        ansatz=ansatz,
        optimizer=qnspsa,
        max_evals_grouped=100,
        quantum_instance=backend,
    )
    
  • This release introduces a decomposition method for two-qubit gates which targets user-defined sets of RZX gates. Transpiler users can enable decomposition for {RZX(pi/2), RZX(pi/4), and RZX(pi/6)} specifically by including 'rzx' in their basis_gates list when calling transpile(). Quantum information package users can find the method itself under the XXDecomposer class.

  • Added a transpiler pass Optimize1qGatesSimpleCommutation, which optimizes a circuit according to a strategy of commuting single-qubit gates around to discover resynthesis opportunities.

  • Added a max_job_tries parameter to QuantumInstance, to limit the number of times a job will attempt to be executed on a backend. Previously the submission and fetching of results would be attempted infinitely, even if the job was cancelled or errored on the backend. The default is now 50, and the previous behaviour can be achieved by setting max_job_tries=-1. Fixes #6872 and #6821.

  • The latex output method for the circuit_drawer() function and the QuantumCircuit.draw() method can now draw circuits that contain gates with single bit condition. This was added for compatibility of latex drawer with the new feature of supporting classical conditioning of gates on single classical bits.

  • The "mpl" output method for the circuit_drawer() function and the QuantumCircuit.draw() method can now draw circuits that contain gates with single bit condition. This was added for compatibility of the "mpl" drawer with the new feature of supporting classical conditioning of gates on single classical bits.

  • The text output method for the circuit_drawer() function and the QuantumCircuit.draw() method can now draw circuits that contain gates with single bit condition. This was added for compatibility of text drawer with the new feature of supporting classical conditioning of gates on single classical bits.

  • A new analysis transpiler pass, GatesInBasis, was added to qiskit.transpiler.passes. This pass is used to check if the DAGCircuit being transpiled has all the gates in the configured basis set or not. It will set the attribute "all_gates_in_basis" in the property set to True if all the gates in the DAGCircuit are in the configured basis set or False if they are not. For example:

    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.transpiler.passes import GatesInBasis
    
    # Instatiate Pass
    basis_gates = ["cx", "h"]
    basis_check_pass = GatesInBasis(basis_gates)
    # Build circuit
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(2)
    circuit.h(0)
    circuit.cx(0, 1)
    circuit.measure_all()
    # Run pass on circuit
    property_set = {}
    basis_check_pass(circuit, property_set=property_set)
    assert property_set["all_gates_in_basis"]
    
  • Added two new constructor methods, from_heavy_hex() and from_heavy_square(), to the CouplingMap class. These constructor methods are used to create a CouplingMap that are a heavy hex or heavy square graph as described in Chamberland et al., 2020.

    For example:

    from qiskit.transpiler import CouplingMap
    
    cmap = CouplingMap.from_heavy_hex(5)
    cmap.draw()
    
    _images/release_notes_11_0.png
    from qiskit.transpiler import CouplingMap
    
    cmap = CouplingMap.from_heavy_square(5)
    cmap.draw()
    
    _images/release_notes_12_0.png
  • The HHL algorithm can now find solutions when its matrix has negative eigenvalues. To enable this, the algorithm now adds an extra qubit to represent the sign of the value, and the helper algorithm ExactReciprocal was updated to process this new information. See #6971 for more details.

  • The ListOp class in qiskit.opflow now has a coeffs attribute, which returns a list of the coefficients of the operator list, with the overall coefficient (ListOp.coeff) distributed multiplicatively into the list. Note that ListOp objects may be nested (contained in oplist of a ListOp object), and in these cases an exception is raised if the coeffs method is called. The ListOp.coeffs method conveniently duck-types against the coeffs property method of the non-nesting PauliSumOp class.

  • The Statevector class is now subscriptable. User can now retrieve the nth coefficient in a Statevector by index as statevec[n].

  • Added the Statevector.inner method to calculate inner products of Statevector instances. For example:

    statevec_inner_other = statevec.inner(other)
    

    will return the inner product of statevec with other. While statevec must be a Statevector, other can be anything that can be constructed into a Statevector, such as a Numpy array.

  • Added a new parameter, add_bits, to QuantumCircuit.measure_all(). By default it is set to True to maintain the previous behaviour of adding a new ClassicalRegister of the same size as the number of qubits to store the measurements. If set to False, the measurements will be stored in the already existing classical bits. For example, if you created a circuit with existing classical bits like:

    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumCircuit, QuantumRegister, ClassicalRegister
    
    qr = QuantumRegister(2)
    cr = ClassicalRegister(2, "meas")
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(qr, cr)
    

    calling circuit.measure_all(add_bits=False) will use the existing classical register cr as the output target of the Measurement objects added to the circuit.

  • ParameterExpression now delegates its numeric conversions to the underlying symbolic library, even if there are potentially unbound parameters. This allows conversions of expressions such as:

    >>> from qiskit.circuit import Parameter
    >>> x = Parameter('x')
    >>> float(x - x + 2.3)
    2.3
    

    where the underlying expression has a fixed value, but the parameter x is not yet bound.

  • Added an Optimizer.minimize() method to all optimizers: Optimizer and derived classes. This method mimics the signature of SciPy's minimize() function and returns an OptimizerResult.

    For example

    import numpy as np
    from qiskit.algorithms.optimizers import COBYLA
    
    def loss(x):
        return -(x[0] - 1) ** 2 - (x[1] + 1) ** 3
    
    initial_point = np.array([0, 0])
    optimizer = COBYLA()
    result = optimizer.minimize(loss, initial_point)
    
    optimal_parameters = result.x
    minimum_value = result.fun
    num_function_evals = result.nfev
    
  • Added a PauliEvolutionGate to the circuit library (qiskit.circuit.library) which defines a gate performing time evolution of (sums or sums-of-sums of) Paulis. The synthesis of this gate is performed by EvolutionSynthesis and is decoupled from the gate itself. Currently available synthesis methods are:

    For example:

    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumCircuit
    from qiskit.circuit.library import PauliEvolutionGate
    from qiskit.quantum_info import SparsePauliOp
    from qiskit.synthesis import SuzukiTrotter
    
    operator = SparsePauliOp.from_list([
        ("XIZ", 0.5), ("ZZX", 0.5), ("IYY", -1)
    ])
    time = 0.12  # evolution time
    synth = SuzukiTrotter(order=4, reps=2)
    
    evo = PauliEvolutionGate(operator, time=time, synthesis=synth)
    
    circuit = QuantumCircuit(3)
    circuit.append(evo, range(3))
    
  • A new function plot_coupling_map() has been introduced, which extends the functionality of the existing function plot_gate_map(), by accepting three parameters: num_qubit, qubit_coordinates, and coupling_map (instead of backend), to allow an arbitrary qubit coupling map to be plotted.

  • Qiskit Terra now has initial support for serializing QuantumCircuits to OpenQASM 3:

    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumCircuit, QuantumRegister, ClassicalRegister
    from qiskit import qasm3
    
    qc = QuantumCircuit(2)
    qc.h(0)
    qc.cx(0, 1)
    
    print(qasm3.dumps(qc))
    
    OPENQASM 3;
    include "stdgates.inc";
    qubit[2] _all_qubits;
    let q = _all_qubits[0:1];
    h q[0];
    cx q[0], q[1];
    
    

    This initial release has limited support for named registers, basic built-in instructions (such as measure, barrier and reset), user-defined gates, user-defined instructions (as subroutines), and the new control-flow constructs also introduced in this release:

    from qiskit.circuit import QuantumCircuit, QuantumRegister, ClassicalRegister
    from qiskit import qasm3
    import math
    
    composite_circ_qreg = QuantumRegister(2)
    composite_circ = QuantumCircuit(composite_circ_qreg, name="composite_circ")
    composite_circ.h(0)
    composite_circ.x(